Landscape and Gender in Italian Opera
The Alpine Virgin from Bellini to Puccini
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Landscape and Gender in Italian Opera by Emanuele Senici
Book DescriptionIn this unusual study, Emanuele Senici explores the connection between landscape and gender in Italian opera through the emblematic figure of the Alpine virgin. In the nineteenth century, operas portraying an emphatically virginal heroine, a woman defined by her virginity, were often set in the mountains, most frequently the Alps. The clarity of the sky, the whiteness of the snow and the purity of the air were associated with the 'innocence' of the female protagonist. Senici discusses a number of works particularly relevant to the origins, transformations and meanings of this conventional association including Bellini's La sonnambula (1831), Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix (1842), Verdi's Luisa Miller (1849), and Puccini's La fanciulla del West (1910). This convention presents an unusual point of view - a theme rather than a composer, a librettist, a singer or a genre - from which to observe Italian opera 'at work' over a century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521834377
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Emanuele Senici
Landscape and Gender in Italian Opera, Paperback (January 2009)
An unusual look at Italian opera in the nineteenth century.
Cambridge Companion to Rossini, Hardback (April 2004)» View all books by Emanuele Senici
A 2004 collection of specially commissioned essays on one of the most influential opera composers in the repertoire.
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Author Biography - Emanuele Senici
Emanuele Senici is University Lecturer in Music at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Hugh's College. In 2002 he was awarded the Jerome Roche Prize of the Royal Musical Association. He has edited The Cambridge Companion to Rossini (2004) and co-edits the Cambridge Opera Journal.
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