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The Cambridge companion to grand opera
Charlton, David, 1946-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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xxi, 496 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
pt. 1. The resourcing of grand operas. The 'machine' and the state / Hervé Lacombe -- Fictions and librettos / Nicholas White -- The spectacle of the past in grand opera / Simon Williams -- The chorus / James Parakilas -- Dance and dancers / Marian Smith -- Roles, reputations, shadows : singers at the Opéra, 1828-1849 / Mary Ann Smart.

pt. 2. Revaluation and the twenty-first century. Directing grand opera : Rienzi and Guillaume Tell at the Vienna State Opera / David Pountney.

pt. 3. Grand operas for Paris. La Muette and her context / Sarah Hibberd -- Scribe and Auber : constructing grand opera / Herbert Schneider -- Meyerbeer : Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots / Matthias Brzoska -- Meyerbeer : Le Prophète and L'Africaine / John H. Roberts -- The grand operas of Fromental Halévy / Diana R. Hallman -- From Rossini to Verdi / M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet -- After 1850 at the Paris Opéra : institution and repertory / Steven Huebner.

pt. 4. Transformations of grand opera. Richard Wagner and the legacy of French grand opera / Thomas Grey -- Grand opera in Russia : fragments of an unwritten history / Marina Frolova-Walker -- Grand opera among the Czechs / Jan Smaczny -- Italian opera / Fiamma Nicolodi -- Grand opera in Britain and the Americas / Sarah Hibberd.
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A team of scholars and writers examines important Romantic operas and traces the origins and development of a style created during an increasingly technical age. The volume analyzes grand operas by Rossini, Auber, Meyerbeer and Halévy and discusses grand opera in Russia and Germany, and the Czechoslovakian territories, Italy, Britain and the Americas. The volume includes an essay by the renowned opera director David Pountney.

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With the assembling of 19 scholars in critical examination of grand opera as a specific genre, Charlton (Univ. of London) brings a valuable addition to the "Cambridge Companions to Music" series, which now numbers more than 30 volumes. Topics include musical style, scenic production, staging manuals, spectacle, singers, chorus, ballet, libretto sources, and the relation of grand opera to Italian verismo and Wagnerian movements. Covering 29 well-chosen figures, the essays focus on the contributions of French grand opera composers Auger (and his librettist Scribe), Meyerbeer, and Halevy, but contributors also consider works of Rossini and Verdi, gathering a vast quantity of information not available in any other source. Extensive notes (46 pages) offer thorough documentation and enhance this volume's value as a major contribution to 19th-century opera research. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Graduate and research collections; large general collections. R. Miller Oberlin College

Table of Contents

1 Introduction David Charlton
Part I The Resourcing of Grand Opera
2 The 'machine' and the StateHervÃ(c) Lacombe
3 Fictions and librettosNicholas White
4 The spectacle of the past in grand operaSimon Williams
5 The chorusJames Parakilas
6 Dance and dancers Marian Smith
7 Roles, reputations, shadows: singers at the OpÃ(c)ra, 1828-49Mary Ann Smart
Part II Revaluation and the Twenty-first Century
8 Directing grand opera: Rienzi and Guillaume Tell at the Vienna StateOpera David Pountney
Part III Grand Operas for Paris
9 La Muette and her contextSarah Hibberd
10 Scribe and Auber: constructing grand operaHerbert Schneider
11 Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable and Les HuguenotsMatthias Brzoska
12 Meyerbeer: Le Prophÿte and L'AfricaineJohn H. Roberts
13 The grand operas of Fromental HalÃ(c)vyDiana R. Hallman
14 From Rossini to VerdiM. Elizabeth and C. Bartlett
15 After 1850 at the Paris OpÃ(c)ra: institution and repertorySteven Huebner
Part IV Transformations of Grand Opera
16 Richard Wagner and the legacy of French grand operaThomas Grey
17 Grand opera in Russia: fragments MarinaFrolova-Walker
18 Grand opera among the CzechsJan Smaczny
19 Italian operaFiamma Nicolodi
20 Grand opera in Britain and the AmericasSarah Hibberd