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Landscape and Gender in Italian Opera: The Alpine Virgin from Bellini to Puccini (Hardback)

Emanuele Senici

Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2015
ISBN 10: 0521834376 / ISBN 13: 9780521834377
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Titre : Landscape and Gender in Italian Opera: The ...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2015

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In this unusual study, Emanuele Senici explores the connection between landscape and gender in Italian opera through the emblematic figure of the Alpine virgin. In the nineteenth century, operas portraying an emphatically virginal heroine, a woman defined by her virginity, were often set in the mountains, most frequently the Alps. The clarity of the sky, the whiteness of the snow and the purity of the air were associated with the innocence of the female protagonist. Senici discusses a number of works particularly relevant to the origins, transformations and meanings of this conventional association including Bellini s La sonnambula (1831), Donizetti s Linda di Chamounix (1842), Verdi s Luisa Miller (1849), and Puccini s La fanciulla del West (1910). This convention presents an unusual point of view - a theme rather than a composer, a librettist, a singer or a genre - from which to observe Italian opera at work over a century. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9780521834377

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Synopsis : In this unusual study, Emanuele Senici explores the connection between landscape and gender in Italian opera through the emblematic figure of the Alpine virgin. In the nineteenth century, operas portraying an emphatically virginal heroine, a woman defined by her virginity, were often set in the mountains, most frequently the Alps. The clarity of the sky, the whiteness of the snow and the purity of the air were associated with the 'innocence' of the female protagonist. Senici discusses a number of works particularly relevant to the origins, transformations and meanings of this conventional association including Bellini's La sonnambula (1831), Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix (1842), Verdi's Luisa Miller (1849), and Puccini's La fanciulla del West (1910). This convention presents an unusual point of view - a theme rather than a composer, a librettist, a singer or a genre - from which to observe Italian opera 'at work' over a century.

Critique: Review of the hardback: '? a wide-ranging interdisciplinary exploration of a major aspect of Romanticism neglected in previous studies of nineteenth-century opera. ? There is excellent material on the literary sources ? This is a deeply intelligent study.' Musical Times

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