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Remaking the Song

Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio

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Remaking the Song by Roger Parker
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Opera performances are often radically inventive. Composers' revisions, singers' improvisations, and stage directors' re-imaginings continually challenge our visions of canonical works. But do they go far enough? This elegantly written, beautifully concise book, spanning almost the entire history of opera, reexamines attitudes toward some of our best-loved musical works. It looks at opera's history of multiple visions and revisions and asks a simple question: what exactly is opera? "Remaking the Song", rich in imaginative answers, considers works by Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Berio in order to challenge what many regard as sacroscant: the opera's musical text. Scholarly tradition favors the idea of great operatic texts permanently inscribed in the canon. Roger Parker, considering examples ranging from Cecilia Bartoli's much-criticized insistence on using Mozart's alternative arias in the "Marriage of Figaro" to Luciano Berio's new ending to Puccini's unfinished "Turandot", argues that opera is an inherently mutable form, and that all of us - performers, listeners, scholars - should celebrate operatic revisions as a way of opening works to contemporary needs and new pleasures.

Author Biography

Roger Parker, Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, is author of Leonora's Last Act: Essays in Verdian Discourse and editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera.
Release date Australia
April 18th, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 b-w photograph, 21 music examples
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
179
Dimensions
152x229x16
ISBN-13
9780520244184
Product ID
1907000

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