A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne

Framsida
University of Toronto Press, 1 jan. 1998 - 241 sidor

Father Owen Lee is internationally known for his intermission commentaries featured during the Saturday afternoon broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne gathers together for the first time Father Lee's best broadcast and cassette commentaries, public lectures, and articles on twenty-three works for the musical stage. The essays range from the pioneering Orpheus of Monteverdi to the forward-looking Ariadne of Richard Strauss.

Included are Father Lee's famous discussions of Mozart's Magic Flute and Beethoven's Fidelio, Verdi's La Traviata and Falstaff, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. The concluding chapter, originally published as the lead article in The Opera Quarterly's special issue on the end of the twentieth century, is a thought-provoking forecast of opera's future. Recommendations for further reading, CD recordings, and videos are also included.

Opera Canada has applauded Father Lee's 'extraordinary ability to engage, challenge, and enlighten a vast and diverse audience' and called his learning-worn-lightly commentaries 'a unique mix of spiritual empathy, classical scholarship, and psychological insight.' Opera lovers, or anyone interested in psychology and mythology, humanities and comparative literature, or the art of the essay will welcome this book.

 

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The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Orpheus
3
Orfeo ed Euridice
13
Don Giovanni
19
The Magic Flute
27
Fidelio
41
LElisir dAmore
54
Oh Sweet Music of Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor
60
Il Trovatore
67
Tristan und Isolde
118
Palestrina
139
Salome
147
Manon Lescaut
153
Pelléas et Mélisande
158
Dialogues des Carmélites
170
Porgy and Bess
182
Oklahoma
191

La Traviata
78
La Forza del Destino
84
Aida
90
Falstaff
97
Les Troyens
101
Rienzi
111
HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME
197
Further Reading
217
Recordings and Videos
221
Index
231
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M. OWEN LEE, CSB has been a commentator for the Texaco Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts for years. He is the author of a number of books on opera, including A Season of Opera and Wagner: The Terrible Man and His Truthful Art.

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