Opera buffa

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  • Analysis Of Opera Buffa

    The book first opens up to Mary Hunter diving into Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In Hunter’s words this opera participates in what she calls a theatrical conversation which involves the composers, librettists, performers, and the audience. Ms. Hunter attempts to eavesdrop on said conversation to show the reader how the opera buffa was able to behave as entertainment in Vienna. She also states that studying opera buffas as entertainment does not mean that these works have any less artistic value as others do. This book is split into three parts, all pertaining to the idea of how the opera buffa functioned as a source of entertainment for the Viennese audience and how it reflected a realistic and an imaginary setting simultaneously. The first…

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  • Donna Abbandonata Character Analysis

    Donna Elvira is portrayed as the “Donna Abbandonata” (abandoned woman) throughout various literature. In particular, I will examine her character through Wolfgang A. Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte’s Don Giovanni. Donna Elvira is a sensible and imprudent woman throughout her ordeal with Don Giovanni. She can’t decide whether she wants to kiss Giovanni or to kill him. Donna Elvira is unwavering in her goal throughout the opera. She is in love with Don Giovanni even while being completely aware of his…

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  • Bel Canto: The Italian Opera

    Opera has always been known for bringing the most drama into the theater, but in the beginning of the 1800’s opera was split into two separate categories, the bel canto and the Gesamtkunstwerk. The Italian Opera was always more popular as this is where opera began, but the bel canto somewhat altered what opera looked like. Bel Canto was characterized by one main singer, one voice that was most prominent. Instruments were used to create a background, they were to support the main voice,…

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  • Oath Of The Horatii Analysis

    Painting and relevance: Jacques-Louis David’s “Oath of the Horatii” was painted in 1784 and it was commissioned by the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture on behalf of the Kind Louis XVI. The inspiration of the painting had to come by Corneille’s Play “Horace” which was being performed in Paris during that time. In 1785 the painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon. The painting shows a decisive moment of will as well as a great family tragedy resulting from political consequences. The…

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  • Richard Wagner: The Rise Of The Modern Italian Opera

    Opera means work in Italian and is the name given to a dramatic play set to music where the performers sing their parts accompanied or unaccompanied by music in solos called arias and two or more singers called ensembles. The sixteenth century saw the beginning of operas which started as poems sung by musicians called Camerata (“society”). In 1607 Claudio Monteverdi first used an orchestra to accompany his opera, La favola d’Orfeo, creating the modern opera we know today. (London: Octopus…

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  • Bizet's Carmen Character Analysis

    Introduction to Opera Compare the characters of Carmen and Micaëla in Carmen. What are the differences between them, how is this expressed in the music, and do you think the outcome is inevitable? Introduction Bizet's Carmen is an Opera in four acts, first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March with a plot based on the 1845 novella by Mérimée. Today it stands as one of the most popular french operas of all time.The Opera explores the relationship between the enchanting Carmen and…

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  • Giuseppe Verdi's Adaptation To Opera

    successful and unsuccessful attempts at adapting Shakespeare’s works into opera. Though modern composers such as Benjamin Britten and Thomas Adès have set Shakespeare’s original words to music, with few changes if any, the most famous operatic adaptations over time have proved to be Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello and Macbeth. In these works, Verdi manages to keep the intent of Shakespeare and the overall plot of the play, yet molds the details of the story to be more suitable for the opera house.…

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  • Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte Essay

    meant that the middle class was being able to make decisions that affected their financial situation. In return, the middle class was able to afford to enjoy art and music such as Cosi fan tutte. Cosi fan tutte was one of three of Mozart’s masterpiece works. Mozart used this opera buffa to display his gifts as a composer. As well as the gift of his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, the actors who played the characters in the story, and the instrumentalists mighty skills. Cosi fan tutte is an opera…

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  • Le Nozze Di Figaro Essay

    more operas, but in 1786, the premiere of Le Nozze di Figaro set Mozart’s opera career on a new path. Le Nozze di Figaro is one of, if not the most famous opera buffa composed by Mozart. The Libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, and is the was first of the infamous Da Ponte operas, the others being Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte. The opera is set in 18th century Spain. This story takes place on the wedding day of Figaro and Susanna, Count Almaviva’s servants. Susanna admits to Figaro that…

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  • Gioachino Rossini Analysis

    If you’d asked audiences in 1825 to name the most popular composer of the day, it would not have been Beethoven, it would have been Gioachino Rossini. From the time Tancredi premiered in 1813, Rossini’s operas were the most popular and influential all over Europe, in part because he blended the elements of opera buffa and opera seria into works that appealed to audiences from a wide range of nationalities and class. Rossini was born on Leap Year Day in 1792 in Pesaro, Italy on the Adriatic…

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