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“Blow the Opera Houses into the Air”: Wagner, Boulez, and Modernist canons  

Mark Berry

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter compares interventions in the shaping of the operatic canon by Richard Wagner and Pierre Boulez, proposing that those of the latter, increasingly influenced by the former, ... More

Canons of Real and Imagined Opera: Buenos Aires and Montevideo, 1810–1860  

Benjamin Walton

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter turns to South American cities to show how the notion of Italian opera as a canonic repertory began during the wars of independence in the early decades of the nineteenth ... More

Canons of the American Musical  

Raymond Knapp

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
As the American musical has come of age and matured with continuing vitality, it has developed not just one canon but many. Various performing canons are tailored to specific cultural ... More

Canons of the Risorgimento then and now  

Cormac Newark

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter interrogates the political valency of the operatic canon. The case study is familiar, Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, but rather than the opera’s political status (re-confirmed in a ... More

Catching up and Getting ahead: The opera house as temple of art in Berlin c. 1800  

Katherine Hambridge

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter charts the changing status in Berlin of operatic repertoire associated with Friedrich II (Frederick the Great), from the gradual disappearance of opera seria by Carl Heinrich ... More

Critical Reflections on the Operatic Canon  

John Rockwell

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
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Music, Opera
This chapter looks back at the core canon in opera, tracing its evolution and mutation during the half century when its author served as a professional critic and then festival director. ... More

Eating and Drinking in Opera: and the Callas Diet  

Pierpaolo Polzonetti

Online publication date:
Aug 2015
This article explores how food and drink in opera convey meaning, define relationships, trigger psychophysical reactions, and denote dramatis and singers’ personae. It proposes a basic ... More

Embodied Representation in Staged Opera  

Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon

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Oct 2019
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Jul 2018
The singing and acting performer in staged opera has and also performs a body that is both a biological entity and an ideological construct: its race, sex, physique, and age are all given ... More

The Evolution of French Opera Repertories in Provincial Theaters: Three epochs, 1770–1900  

Patrick Taïeb and Sabine Teulon Lardic

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
Which operas did people most often watch in France—all over France, that is—in 1780, 1820, 1860, and 1890? How did provincial theaters compare with those in Paris, where the great majority ... More

From Recycled Performances to Repertory: The King’s Theatre in London, 1705–1820  

Michael Burden

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter traces how often-performed canonic works did not emerge in London’s King’s Theatre until the end of the eighteenth century, seen in the special popularity of opera buffa. From ... More

General Introduction: Idiosyncrasies of the Operatic Canon  

Cormac Newark and William Weber

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
Despite increasing interest in canonic discourses in the arts, relatively little attention has been given to opera. Reasons include its close relationship with commerce and the relative ... More

Inside and Outside the Operatic Canon, on Stage and in the Boardroom  

Kasper Holten

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
The opera canon—and how we perceive it—in many ways defines not just the scheduling and repertory of opera houses but also the whole structure: the opera food chain. The way a work is ... More

International Opera in Nineteenth-century New York: Core repertories and canonic values  

Karen Ahlquist

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter charts how canonic repertories evolved in very different forms in New York City during the nineteenth century. The unstable succession of entrepreneurial touring troupes that ... More

Introduction  

Helen M. Greenwald

Print publication date:
Nov 2014
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Apr 2015
Subject:
Music, Opera
This introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Opera provides a summary to the main themes of the volume: opera as a genre, the balance of words and music, performance history, cultural ... More

Italian Opera and the Concept of “Canon” in the Late Eighteenth Century  

Franco Piperno

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This essay shows that in Italy for much of the eighteenth century, canonic recognition was granted to the librettist of a famous opera but not to the composer, who was seen as an artisan ... More

The Mingling of Opera Genres: Canonic opera at the Théâtre des Arts in Rouen, 1882–1897  

Yannick Simon

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
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Music, Opera
This chapter analyzes in depth the operas performed in the late nineteenth century in Rouen. The repertory that was produced from 1882 in the new Théâtre des Arts illustrates how a ... More

National and International Canons of Opera in Tsarist Russia  

Rutger Helmers

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter explores the tension between national and international operatic repertories in the case of nineteenth-century Russia. It discusses conceptual problems associated with the ... More

Opera on Film and the Canon  

Hugo Shirley

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter discusses the fundamental difficulties of filming opera. Putting opera on the screen is a marriage of art form and media that continues to struggle with the difficulty of ... More

Operatic Canons and Repertories in Italy c. 1900  

Jutta Toelle

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter outlines how a fundamental crisis arose in Italian opera houses by 1900, shaped by the focus on canonic repertory as it was defined by the leading theaters and music ... More

Phantoms at the Opéra: Meyerbeer and de-canonization  

Flora Willson

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Aug 2020
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Sep 2020
Subject:
Music, Opera
This chapter argues that the reputation of Giacomo Meyerbeer went through a process of “de-canonization” after his death in 1868. More than those of other opera composers powerful in that ... More

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