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One of the most significant developments in 19th-century Italian opera was the genesis of the Verdi baritone. The authors argue that the composer's baritone characters embody "a quintessential humanity, expressing needs and temptations, confusions and understandings, griefs and joys that transcend the particulars of time and place." The Verdi Baritone explores seven of the most fascinating roles in the repertory, revealing how they were conceived and executed. This eloquent book opens with a discussion of Verdi's early triumph, Nabucco; proceeds with Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Simon Boccanegra; and concludes with his final great tragedy, Otello. Voice students, professional performers, their teachers and coaches, and opera lovers, will gain insight into Verdi's masterful use of text, music, and staging to portray each character's inner self.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253220394
ISBN-10: 0253220394
Format: Paperback
(5487mm x 3556mm x 15mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Geoffrey Edwards

Geoffrey Edwards is an award-winning author and stage director who received his Ph.D. in theater and drama from Northwestern University. Ryan Edwards gained international acclaim as a singing actor during his career as a leading baritone with the Metropolitan Opera.

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