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The Resource Enchantment : the seductress in opera, Jean Starobinski ; translated by C. Jon Delogu

Enchantment : the seductress in opera, Jean Starobinski ; translated by C. Jon Delogu

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Enchantment : the seductress in opera
Title
Enchantment
Title remainder
the seductress in opera
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Jean Starobinski ; translated by C. Jon Delogu
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
We often look to the theater for spectacle and wonder, but in opera, we find pure enchantment. What is it about the marriage of music and the stage that fills us with such bewilderment and passion? How does the sensual space of opera transport us into the realm of dream? Jean Starobinski considers the allure of several seducers and seductresses from nineteenth-century opera-Monteverdi's Poppea, Handel's Alcina, and Massenet's Manon, among others-and how their stories are woven into the fabric of Western culture. A talented storyteller and renowned critic of literature and music, Starobinski moves from musical analysis and textual exegesis to an investigation of the political, social, and aesthetic scene of Europe at the time. He traces the elements of theater, poetry, painting, sculpture, dance, and music as they occur in operatic performance, and shows how opera's use of narrative genres, especially the fairy tale, in turn influenced many important short stories, novels, and other works. Nineteenth-century romantics were drawn to opera because of their desire to revive a religious vision of the world that the Enlightenment suppressed. Starobinski revisits the experiences of Rousseau, Stendhal, Hoffmann, Balzac, and Nietzsche, major writers who fell for opera's portrayal of "heaven," the loss of one's love, and the task of the artist, whether composer or performer. Starobinski's critical breadth and depth, as well as his eclectic taste and keen observation, echo such great comparative critics as Erich Auerbach, René Wellek, George Steiner, Harold Bloom, and Angus Fletcher. This spellbinding book will enchant not only fans of the opera, but also those who wish to understand the form's enduring heritage in Western culture.--
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Starobinski, Jean
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Translated from the French
Literary form
non fiction
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Delogu, Christopher Jon
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European perspectives
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  • Women in opera
  • Seduction in opera
  • Operas
Label
Enchantment : the seductress in opera, Jean Starobinski ; translated by C. Jon Delogu
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Publication
Note
Originally published: Les enchanteresses. Paris : Seuil, c 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-249) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Singing and seducing
  • Mozart. The Da Ponte operas ; The marriage of Figaro ; Registers of excess: Don Giovanni ; Così fan tutte ; The promise of Idomeneo ; Lights and powers: The magic flute
  • Usurpations and revolts. Poppea victorious ; The magic of Alcina ; Love unto death: another Romeo ; Manon ; Ariane and Bluebeard, or, the useless rescue ; Elektra, or, The accomplishment of hatred
  • Ombra adorata. Ombra adorata
Control code
ocn173749255
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780231140904
Lccn
2007041031
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)173749255
Label
Enchantment : the seductress in opera, Jean Starobinski ; translated by C. Jon Delogu
Publication
Note
Originally published: Les enchanteresses. Paris : Seuil, c 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 248-249) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Singing and seducing
  • Mozart. The Da Ponte operas ; The marriage of Figaro ; Registers of excess: Don Giovanni ; Così fan tutte ; The promise of Idomeneo ; Lights and powers: The magic flute
  • Usurpations and revolts. Poppea victorious ; The magic of Alcina ; Love unto death: another Romeo ; Manon ; Ariane and Bluebeard, or, the useless rescue ; Elektra, or, The accomplishment of hatred
  • Ombra adorata. Ombra adorata
Control code
ocn173749255
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 262 pages
Isbn
9780231140904
Lccn
2007041031
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)173749255

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