Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti
Cambridge University Press, 2/9/2017
EAN 9781316641187, ISBN10: 131664118X

Paperback, 398 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

How did revolutionary America appear to European audiences through their opera glasses? The operas studied in this volume are populated by gun-toting and slave-holding Quakers, handsome Native Americans, female middle-class political leaders, rebellious British soldiers and generous businessmen. Most of them display an unprecedented configuration of social and gender roles, which led leading composers of the time, including Mozart, Haydn, Anfossi, Piccinni and Paisiello, to introduce far-reaching innovations in the musical and dramatic fabric of Italian opera. Polzonetti presents a fresh perspective on the European cultural reception of American social and political identity. Through detailed but accessible analysis of music examples, including previously unpublished musical sources, the book documents and explains important transformations of opera at the time of Mozart's masterpieces, and its long-term consequences up to Puccini. Shedding new light on familiar and less-familiar operatic works, the study represents groundbreaking research in music, cultural and political history.

1. The changing world of the moon
2. Worlds up and upside down
3. Montezuma and the exotic Europeans
4. Cecchina goes to America
5. A Californian goes to Europe
6. Americans in the storm
7. The good Quaker and his slaves
8. Quakers with guns
Figaro's transatlantic crossings.