Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteenth Century (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

Opera Acts: Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteenth Century (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

Karen Henson


Opera Acts explores a wealth of latest historic fabric approximately singers within the overdue 19th century and demanding situations the concept this was once a interval of decline for the opera singer. In exact case experiences of 4 figures - the past due Verdi baritone Victor Maurel; Bizet's first Carmen, Célestine Galli-Marié; Massenet's muse of the Eighteen Eighties and '90s, Sibyl Sanderson; and the early Wagner superstar Jean de Reszke - Karen Henson argues that singers within the overdue 19th century endured to be vital, yet in ways in which weren't conventionally "vocal". as a substitute they loved a freedom and creativity according to their skill to precise textual content, act and speak bodily, and take advantage of the era's media. by means of those and different capacity, singers performed a very important function within the construction of opera as much as the tip of the 19th century.

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