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Understanding Italian Opera

Tim Carter


Ever since its invention in Florence around 1600, opera has exerted a peculiar fascination for creative artists and audiences alike. It is often regarded as the pinnacle of high art, where music and drama come together in unique ways, supported by stellar singers and spectacular staging. Yet it is also patently absurd—why should anyone sing on the stage?—and shrouded in mystique. This book unravels its many layers by looking closely at five classics from different periods in operatic history: Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Handel’s Julius Caesar in Egypt, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figar ... More

Keywords: composer, Handel, librettist, libretto, Monteverdi, Mozart, music, opera, Puccini, Verdi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190247942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190247942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Carter, author
David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC