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In Search of Opera


In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle ground between operas as abstractions and performance as the phenomenon that brings opera into being. Weaving between opera's facts of life and a series of works including ...

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In Search of Opera
2003, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691117317

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In Search of Opera
2001, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691090030


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