When Literature Becomes Opera: Study of a Transformational Process

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Perhaps no other art form in the Western world has polarized opinion to the same extent as opera. While its devotees can be almost fanatical in their enthusiasm, its detractors will dismiss lyric theatre as an impossible hybrid. Literature and music undermine one another when brought together, they maintain. Their contempt for the genre is more often than not motivated by the supposedly mediocre quality of the librettos or scripts to which the works are set as well as the implausibility of characters singing instead of ...

When Literature Becomes Opera: Study of a Transformational Process 1999, Brill/Rodopi, Amsterdam

ISBN-13: 9789042006942

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