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Male and Female Sopranos in the Story of Opera, 1600-1900. Sprache: Englisch.
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A riveting history of the early male and female sopranos for whom many of the greatest roles in opera were written. During its first two centuries, opera was dominated by sopranos. There were male sopranos, or castrati, whose supercharged voices (fem … weiterlesen
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Titel: Angels and Monsters: Male and Female Sopranos in the Story of Opera, 1600-1900
Autor/en: Richard Somerset-Ward

ISBN: 0300099681
EAN: 9780300099683
Male and Female Sopranos in the Story of Opera, 1600-1900.
Sprache: Englisch.
YALE UNIV PR

April 2004 - gebunden - 325 Seiten

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A riveting history of the early male and female sopranos for whom many of the greatest roles in opera were written. During its first two centuries, opera was dominated by sopranos. There were male sopranos, or castrati, whose supercharged voices (female vocal cords powered by male lungs) were capable of feats of vocalism that are hard to imagine today. And there were female sopranos, or prima donnas, whose long battle for social acceptance and top billing was crowned in the early nineteenth century when the castrati disappeared from the opera stage and left them supreme. Whether they were male or female, these singers were amazing virtuosi, perhaps the greatest singers there have ever been--"angels." Unfortunately, some of them (and often the most famous) were also capable of behaving extremely badly, both on and off stage--"monsters." This book tells their colorful stories. Besides providing fascinating anecdotes about some of those who graced and disgraced the operatic stage, Richard Somerset-Ward tells the story of their greatest glory--the singing tradition they founded and perfected, which we know as bel canto and which is still the backbone of operatic singing today. Rich in musical, social, and cultural lore, Angels and Monsters illuminates a unique and vanished tradition and will be irresistible to opera lovers everywhere.

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Richard Somerset-Ward studierte in Cambridge Moderne Geschichte, bevor er die schönen Künste zu seinem Beruf machte. 21 Jahre lang leitete er das Musik- und Kunstprogramm des britischen Fernsehsenders BBC. Heute lebt er als Schriftsteller und Filmproduzent in New York.

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"A well-written and lively book that traces a particular tradition of operatic singing from its origins (with the origins of opera itself) to its conclusion at the end of the nineteenth century." Joe Law, Book Review Editor, Opera Quarterly"
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