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date: 17 June 2019

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This chapter deals with the aesthetic paradigms in opera theory that concern the issue of verisimilitude. This issue has been the object of discussion and debate since the earliest days of opera until today, e.g. in music films. The importance of verisimilitude is mostly considered in regard to the function of music and the “reality” of singing. It was particularly prominent for such operatic genres in which two different media exist side by side, as, for example, in opéra comique. The chapter focuses primarily on the specific interplay of different media and the correspondent theoretical approaches by philosophers, writers, and scholars. By the example of opéra comique and its mixture of singing and speaking, the issue of verisimilitude could be detailed, since the evolving theoretical paradigms maintain their usefulness for later discussions, especially of the function of the orchestra or the issue of communication in theater.

Keywords: aesthetics, opera theory, singing and speaking, orchestra, interplay, opéra comique, communication

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