A History of Opera: Milestones and Metamorphoses by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

Burton D. Fisher's entire historical past of opera that strains each one milestone and metamorphosis within the evolution of recent opera. All classes are analysed extensive: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Bel Canto, Opera Buffa, German Romanticism, Wagner and tune drama, Verismo, post-Romanticism, Atonalism, and masses extra. all of the 17 operas that represents a "milestone" in opera historical past is gifted with primary Characters within the Opera; short tale Synopsis; tale Narrative with tune spotlight Examples; and Burton D. Fisher's insightful and extensive observation and research.

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Ptolemy then arrives and also pleads with Cornelia for her love, but he is also spurned. ”) Sextus arrives. Cornelia encourages her son to pursue his revenge and slay Ptolemy. ”) A History of Opera: Milestones and Metamorphoses Page 34 Cleopatra’s Room As Cleopatra awaits Caesar, she invokes Venus, goddess of Love. “Venere bella” Caesar speaks affectionately to “Lydia,” and she proposes that they marry. Curius arrives to warn Caesar that Ptolemy’s armed men are in pursuit and plan to murder him.

Sextus rashly challenges Ptolemy to a duel, but Ptolemy promptly orders the arrest of both mother and son, sending Sextus to prison, and Cornelia to a harem. Mother and son bid each other farewell. Act II: A cedar grove with Mount Parnassus in the background With the help of Nirenus and handmaidens dressed as the nine muses, Cleopatra prepares to receive Caesar in the guise of the goddess of virtue. Attempting to seduce him with her charm and beauty, she appears as Virtue, enthroned upon Parnassus.

So Gluck overturned the hubris of his contemporary operatic conventions and reinvested them with his acute dramatic instincts, all expressed in musical terms that continue to speak to modern audiences. ” Gluck was opera’s first great reformer, the composer who set the stage for opera’s dynamic evolution and transformation toward the ideal of music drama. Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice Page 41 Orfeo ed Euridice “Orpheus and Eurydice” Opera in Italian in three acts Music composed by Christoph Willibald von Gluck Original Libretto by Ranieri Calzabigi Premiere: Vienna 1762 and Paris 1774 A History of Opera: Milestones and Metamorphoses Page 42 Principal Characters in Orfeo ed Euridice Orpheus, a legendary Greek singer and musician Euridice, his wife Amor (Cupid, or Love) A Happy Shade Contralto, Soprano, or Tenor Soprano Soprano Soprano Happy Shades, Furies, Shepherds, Heroes and Heroines TIME and PLACE: Legendary Thrace and Hades Brief Story Synopsis The musician Orfeo mourns the death of his beloved wife, Euridice.

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