Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors by Michael EwansPerforming Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors by Michael Ewans

Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

byMichael Ewans

Paperback | February 25, 2016

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In Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors Michael Ewans provides a detailed and practical workbook to performing many of the most commonly produced operas. Drawing on examples from twenty-four operas ranging in period from Gluck and Mozart to Britten and Tippett, it illustrates exactly how opera functions as dramatic form. Grounded in close analyses of performances of thirty scenes and five whole operas by first-rate singers and celebrated directors, Performing Opera provides readers with an appreciation of the unique challenges and skills required by performers and directors. It will assist them in their own performance and equip them with detailed knowledge of works most commonly featured in the repertoire. In the first part of the book the analysis progresses from scenes in which the singers are silent, via arias and monologues, duets and confrontations, up to ensembles. Wider issues are subsequently addressed: encounters with offstage events, encounters with the numinous, characterization, and the sense of inevitability in tragic opera.
Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore...
Title:Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and DirectorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:February 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction PART ONE: FORMS 2 Arias and Monologues 2.1 'Great work, boss!' (Mozart) 2.2 Wotan confides in his 'will' (Wagner) 2.3 Iago's Credo (Verdi) 2.4 'One fine day.' (Puccini) 2.5 K¿t'a's ecstasy (Jan¿cek) 2.6 'Now the Great Bear.' (Britten) 2.7 Conclusion 3 Duets 3.1 The art of seduction (Mozart) 3.2 'On such a night.' (Berlioz) 3.3 Love in a garret (Puccini) 3.4 Jenufa and Laca alone (Jan¿cek) 3.5 Conclusion 4 Confrontations 4.1 Elektra and Klyt¿mnestra (Strauss) 4.2 K¿t'a and Tichon (Jan¿cek) 4.3 Lulu masters Dr Sch¿n (Berg) 4.4 Not going to church (Britten) 4.5 Conclusion 5 Ensembles 5.1 A cruel departure (Mozart) 5.2 Lust and treachery (Verdi) 5.3 Death in the cards (Bizet) 5.4 Siegfried must die! (Wagner) 5.5 'Stone her!' (Jan¿cek) 5.6 Conclusion PART TWO: ENCOUNTERS 6 Noises off 6.1 Cassandre and the Trojan horse (Berlioz) 6.2 The death of Carmen (Bizet) 6.3 'Ho¿! Hisse ho¿!' (Debussy) 6.4 Treasure, flowers and domain (Bart¿k) 6.5 'Peter Grimes!' (Britten) 6.6 Conclusion 7 Interactions with the numinous 7.1 The trial by fire and water (Mozart) 7.2 Parsifal and the Grail (Wagner) 7.3 K¿t'a and the river voices (Jan¿cek) 7.4 Wozzeck in the open field (Berg) 7.5 'Fire! Fire! St John's Fire.' (Tippett) 7.6 Conclusion PART THREE: SHAPING THE OPERA 8 Characterization 8.1 V¿ronique Gens as Iphig¿nie, directed by Pierre Audi 8.2 Rodney Gilfrey as Don Giovanni, directed by J¿rgen Flimm 8.3 Teresa Stratas as Salome, directed by G¿tz Friedrich 8.4 Conclusion 9 The Sense of Inevitability 9.1 Carmen: Meilhac & Hal¿vy/Bizet /Zambello 9.2 Elektra; Hofmannsthal/ Strauss/Friedrich 9.3 Conclusion 10 Conclusion Bibliography, Discography, Scores