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 ancient fabric approximately singers within the overdue 19th century and demanding situations the concept that this used to be a interval of decline for the opera singer. In distinct case stories of 4 figures - the overdue Verdi baritone Victor Maurel; Bizet's first Carmen, Célestine Galli-Marié; Massenet's muse of the Eighties and '90s, Sibyl Sanderson; and the early Wagner famous person Jean de Reszke - Karen Henson argues that singers within the past due 19th century persisted to be vital, yet in ways in which weren't conventionally "vocal". in its place they loved a freedom and creativity in keeping with their skill to specific textual content, act and speak bodily, and make the most the era's media. by means of those and different capability, singers performed a very important position within the construction of opera as much as the tip of the 19th century.

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