American Opera

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University of Illinois Press, 2001 - 459 páginas
Tired of Tannhuser? Bored with Bohme? Then open your imagination to the unexpected pleasures of American opera.With this generous, accessible overview, Elise K. Kirk provides a lively history of one of America's liveliest arts. A treasure trove of information on a substantial, heretofore neglected repertoire, American Opera sketches musical traits and provides plot summaries, descriptions of sets and stagings, and biographical details on performers, composers, and librettists for more than 100 American operas, many of which have received unjustifiably scant attention since their premieres. From the spectacle and melodrama of William Dunlap's Pizarro in Peru (1800) and the pathos of Caryl Florio's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1882) to the chilling psychological drama of Jack Beeson's Lizzie Borden (1965) and the lyric elegance of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles (1991), opera in America displays the energy and diversity of the nation itself. Kirk shows that this rich, varied repertoire includes far more than familiar jewels such as Porgy and Bess, Candide, Susannah, and The Consul. Beginning with the English-influenced harlequinade of the revolutionary period, Kirk traces the development of comic opera, the rise of melodramatic romanticism, the emergence of American grand opera and verismo, and the explosion of eclectic forms that characterized American opera in the twentieth century. Devoting particular attention to the accomplishments of women and black composers and librettists, Kirk explores how American operas have incorporated indigenous elements such as jazz, popular song, folk music, Native American motifs, and Hollywood's cinematic techniques. She also discusses the impact of radio and television broadcasting on opera in America, the advent of opera workshops in universities, the integration of multimedia effects into recent opera productions, and innovations such as co-commissioning and joint staging that have helped sustain American opera as federal support has declined.An engaging introduction for neophytes, American Opera also offers an array of welcome surprises for diehard opera fans.
 

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OperaLyric Barometer of American Life
1
Part r The Voyage 1730 to 1915
15
The Earliest American Operas
23
National Themes and the American Image
36
Mime Melodrama and Song
58
Grand Operathe American Way
78
In the Spirit of Comedy
99
The Signposts 1880 to 1960
119
The Impact of Mass Media
233
Part y TlIe Discowries 1945 to the Turn of the Century 13 The New American Verismo
253
New York City Operas American Plan
272
Dreamers of Decadence
292
Bold Turns on Familiar Paths
315
Heroes for Our Time
335
Toward the New Millennium and Beyond
359
American Opera at the Crossroads
383

Wagnerism and the American Muse
121
Native Americans through Symbolism and Song
139
The GattiCasazza Story
160
From the Black Perspective
184
Innovators and Iconoclasts or Is It Opera?
206
Milestones in American Opera
385
Acknowledgments
391
Notes
395
Index
437
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Elise K. Kirk, author of Musical Highlights from the White HouseandMusic at the White House, is the founder and former editor of award-winning The Dallas Opera Magazine and has served on the National Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center.

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