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date: 17 June 2019

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Many operas are based on a subject treated in other operas, usually deriving from a common source—literary, mythological, or pseudo-historical. This chapter examines the various forms that those intertextual relationships can take in an operatic libretto, from faithful adaptation to parody and transposition, and illustrates the discussion with a survey of the many operatic versions of the myth of Ariadne, from Monteverdi to contemporary examples.

Keywords: intertextuality, myth, libretto, Ariadne

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