The Drama of Opera
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Drama of Opera by Myer Fredman
Book DescriptionThis book is about the drama that takes place within the world of opera and provides an insight into how opera has evolved and functions. The Creators describes some of the ways that composers use the language of music, and liaise with their librettists. The Re-Creators explains the functions of conductors, producers, designers, repetiteurs, the chorus and orchestra, singers, the Fach system (by which voice types are categorised), understudies, and the prompter. Information is provided on Training, the Audition Process, Competitions, the Rehearsal Schedule, Opera Administration and the Audience (including its effect on the performers), as well as on the claque system, types of applause, and music critics (and their effect on the artist). Opera companies (festival, seasonal and touring), television opera and video performances are all fully explored. A final Overview explains how opera has adapted to changing social conditions from Monteverdi to the present day, and points to what the future might hold. An Interlude includes a number of humorous incidents and cautionary tales, and a comprehensive Glossary unravels the jargon of the most frequently used operatic terms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781903900505
(150mm x 230mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Myer Fredman
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Explains what is actually involved in being a conductor and unravels some of the mystique that surrounds this intensely public profession. The author, who has worked with orchestras and opera companies all over the world, writes about aspects of the art and craft, and discusses how a career can progress.
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Author Biography - Myer Fredman
Myer Fredman studied with Sir Adrian Boult, and has assisted Otto Klemperer and Sir Charles Mackerras, and was the first Music Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He received an Italian Government medal Per Servizio della Musica e Cultura Italiana, and has conducted the Royal Philhar- monic Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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