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Opera North: Opera in Practice Reading list

Opera North: Opera in Practice, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Bryan White
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core Text:

Till, Nicholas (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).  (This text is an excellent start for your project, no matter the focus opera you choose)


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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 

Apter, Ronnie and Mark Herman, Translating for singing : the theory, art and craft of translating lyrics ISBN: 9781472571885 £19.99 (pbk.); 9781472571892 £65.00 (hbk.) (Bloombury, 2016)  

Charlton, David, (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

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

DelDonna, Anthony R (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

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

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.

Levin, David, Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and Zemlinsky (Chicago, University of Chicago 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: Analyzing the Performative Dimiension of Opera Productions (Routledge, 2022)     

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


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Bizet and Carmen

Carmen Abroad: Bizet's Opera on the Global Stage, ed. Richard Langham Smith and Clair Rowden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Furman, Nelly, Georges Bizet's Carmen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)

Langham Smith, Richard, Bizet's Carmen Uncovered (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2021)

McClary, Georges Bizet: Carmen (Cambridge: Camridge University Press, 1992)


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Handel and Alcina

Burrows, Donald, The Cambridge Companion to Handel (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Clark, Caryl, 'Introduction: Sorcerers and Sorceresses', University of Toronto Quarterly, 74 (2003), 827–831

Harris, Ellen, 'Handel: "A Necromancer in the Midst of His Own Enchantments", University of Toronto Quarterly, 74 (2003),823–849

Jones, Andrew, 'Staging a Handel Opera', Early Music, 34 (2006), 277-288

Parker, Mary Ann, 'Reception of Handel Operas, Then and Now', University of Toronto Quarterly, 74 (2003), 850–857

Pietropaolo, Domenico, 'Alcina in Arcadia', University of Toronto Quarterly, 74 (2003), 858-869



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Verdi and Rigoletto

Abbate, Carolyn and Roger Parker, Analyzing Opera: Verdi and Wagner (Berkeley: University of California Press)

Balthazar, Scott, The Cambridge Compainion to Verdi (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Budden, Julian, The Operas of Verdi, 3 vols (London: Cassell, 1973–1981)

Gossett, Philip, Divas and Scholar: Performing Italian Opera (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006)

Van, Gillies de, Verdi's Theater: Creating Drama through Music (Chicago: Unviersy of Chicago Press, 1998)

Verdi in Performance, ed. Alison Latham and Roger Parker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

This list was last updated on 25/02/2022