A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne by M. Owen Lee

By M. Owen Lee

Father Owen Lee is the world over recognized for his intermission commentaries featured through the Saturday afternoon announces from the Metropolitan Opera residence in long island. A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne gathers jointly for the 1st time Father Lee's most sensible broadcast and cassette commentaries, public lectures, and articles on twenty-three works for the musical level. The essays diversity from the pioneering Orpheus of Monteverdi to the forward-looking Ariadne of Richard Strauss. incorporated are Father Lee's well-known discussions of Mozart's Magic Flute and Beethoven's Fidelio , Verdi's los angeles Traviata and Falstaff , Wagner's Tristan und Isolde , and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites . The concluding bankruptcy, initially released because the lead article within the Opera Quarterly 's distinctive factor at the finish of the 20 th century, is a thought-provoking forecast of opera's destiny. concepts for additional interpreting, CD recordings, and movies also are integrated. Opera Canada has applauded Father Lee's 'extraordinary skill to interact, problem, and enlighten an enormous and various audience' and referred to as his learning-worn-lightly commentaries 'a specific mixture of non secular empathy, classical scholarship, and mental insight.' Opera fanatics, or a person drawn to psychology and mythology, humanities and comparative literature, or the artwork of the essay will welcome this ebook.

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In our oldest mythologies, mother earth antedates father sky. Gaia is older than Uranus. The first social groups were familial and tribal. Taboos, spells, and magic were important for them. Only when, inevitably, there was contact and conflict with outsiders was there a slow, painful movement towards larger communities. Magic then was succeeded by ritual. Taboo gave way to morality. The family circle recognized the rights of a wider civilization. And the mother-goddess yielded to a father. This may be thought to be one of the great evolutionary moments in the prehistory of the race.

Se intorno,' with its alternating chorus and recitative, and the famous 'Che faro,' with its rondo-like structure. In the course of these, every anticipated return of the melody brings subtle variations in figuration and instrumentation - to increasingly moving effect. All of this deliberate austerity, this slightly asymmetrical proportion, this passion achieved by the simplest means, suggests that Orfeo ed Euridice is more than a mere reaction against the excesses of opera seria. We should look elsewhere for the formative impulse behind it.

For Giovanni Don Giovanni 25 'liberty' means, of course, licence, his freedom to have his way with all the peasant women and to dupe all the peasant men he has tricked into coming to his castle. For Leporello, 'liberty' means the freedom to cavort as freely as his master. For the captive Zerlina, it means the freedom, if she dares, to give herself to a seigneur who might raise her to his station. For Masetto it means the freedom to fight for what is rightly his. For the three mysterious newcomers, Elvira, Anna, and Ottavio, it means the freedom their masks have given them to enter this den of iniquity and unmask the seducer and murderer.

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