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Opera in Practice Reading list

Music in Practice, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Dr Bryan White
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General sources on opera studies:

Abbate, Carolyn, and Roger Parker, A history of opera : the last four hundred years (Allen Lane, 2012) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Citron, Marcia J., When opera meets film, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Greenwald, Helen, The Oxford handbook of opera (Oxford, 2014)

Cooke, Mervyn (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Opera, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Print Publication: 2005 Online Publication: September 2011.

Johnson, Victoria, Jane F. Fulcher and Thomas Ertman, Opera and society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieu [electronic resource], Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2007.

Lindenberger, Herbert, Opera in history : from Monteverdi to Cage, Stanford: University of California Press, 1998.

McKechnie, Kara, Opera North : historical and dramaturgical perspectives on opera studies, Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 2014.

Risi, Clemens, ‘Opera in Performance – in search of new analytical approaches’, The opera quarterly. ISSN: 0736-0053, 27 (2011), pp. 283-95.

Till, Nicholas (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.


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Carner, Mosco, Puccini: A Critical Biography (London, 3/1992)

Wilson, Alexandra,  The Puccini problem: opera, nationalism and modernity [electronic resource], Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.


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Gossett, Philip, Divas and scholars : performing Italian opera ISBN: 0226304825 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780226304823 (Chicago, 2006)  

Gossett, Philip, ‘The Skeleton Score of Verdi's Una vendetta in domino: Two Surviving Fragments’, Notes. ISSN: 0027-4380, 69 (2008)

Harwood, Gregory, Giuseppe Verdi : a guide to research ISBN: 0824041178 (alk. paper) (New York, 1998)

Jesurum, Olga, ‘ From Giuseppe Rossi to Primo Conti: Italian Set Designs for Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera"’,  Music in art : international journal for music iconography. ISSN: 1522-7464, Volume 34, Issue 1-2 (2009), 254-273

Osburne, Charles, The Complete Operas of Verdi (London, 1969) [reprinted as The Complete Operas of Verdi: A Critical Guide (London, 1997)]

Parker, Roger and Matthew Brown, ‘Motivic and Tonal Interaction in Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera"’, Journal of the American Musicological Society. ISSN: 0003-0139, 36 (1983), pp. 243-265

Parker, Roger, Building a Library: Un ballo in maschera (Starting a half-hour in) in:News; Verdi 200: CD Review, 09:00 05/10/2013, BBC Radio 3, 195 mins. (audio recording available through Box of Broadcasts: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/05B9A0E1

Senici, Emanuele, 'Teco io sto': Strategies of Seduction in Act II of "Un ballo in maschera", Cambridge opera journal. ISSN: 0954-5867, 14 (2002), pp. 79-92

Verdi in performance ISBN: 0198167350 : No price, ed. Alison Latham and Roger Parker (Oxford, 2001)

Verdi's middle period, 1849-1859 : source studies, analysis, and performance practice ISBN: 0226106594 (pbk. : alk. paper ; cloth : alk. paper); 0226106586, ed. Martin Chisud (Chicago, 1998)


This list was last updated on 08/11/2017