The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History

1st Edition

Colleen Renihan

April 3, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367134327 - CAT# K409588
Series: Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera

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The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History extends the growing interdisciplinary dialogue in opera studies by drawing on ideas from performance studies and the philosophy of history. Moving beyond traditional conceptions of opera as purely aesthetic, this book argues for opera’s powerful potential for historical impact and engagement in late twentieth-century works by American composers.

Considering music’s ability to express the past, distance, realistic representation, presence, and the historical sublime, this volume demonstrates how music’s ability to represent and re-create historical events and historical experience differs fundamentally from the representations and recreations of other modes (specifically, literary and dramatic representations).

Building on the work of performance scholars such as Joseph Roach, Rebecca Schneider, and Diana Taylor, and in consultation with recent debates in the philosophy of history, the book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and researchers, particularly those working in the areas of Opera Studies and Performance Studies.

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