Synopses & Reviews
What happens to opera when itand#8217;s presented on the screen? How does an opera change when it becomes a movie, a television presentation, or a video? This book is the first to explore opera and its treatment on the screen from a musicologistand#8217;s perspective. Marcia Citron provides a fascinating history of the nearly 100-year-old genre, examines landmark works of opera on screen from a variety of viewpoints, and shows how different electronic media shape the conception of this art form.
The book begins with a comprehensive survey of the origins and development of screen opera. Citron then focuses on such significant works as Franco Zeffirelliand#8217;s Otello, Francesco Rosiand#8217;s Bizetand#8217;s Carmen, Joseph Loseyand#8217;s Don Giovanni, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburgerand#8217;s Tales of Hoffmann, Hans-Jand#252;rgen Syberbergand#8217;s Parsifal, Peter Sellarsand#8217;s four opera productions for television, and the celebrated relay telecast of Otello from the Royal Opera House in London. The author draws on ideas from diverse fields, including media studies and gender studies, to examine issues ranging from the relationship between sound and image to the place of the viewer in relation to the spectacle. As she raises questions about divisions between high art and popular art and about the tensions between live and reproduced art forms, Citron reveals how screen treatments reinforce operaand#8217;s vitality in a media-intensive age.
How does an opera change when it becomes a movie, a television presentation, or a video? This book explores opera and its treatment on the screen for the first time from a musicologistand#8217;s perspective. Marcia J. Citron provides a fascinating history of the nearly 100-year-old genre, examines landmark works of opera on screen, and shows how different electronic media shape the conception of this art form.and#160;
About the Author
Marcia J. Citron
is professor and chair of musicology, and Martha and Henry Lovett Distinguished Service Professor at Rice University. She is the author of the acclaimed book Gender and the Musical Canon.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- A stroll through history -- A matter of belief: Otello on film and television -- Cinema and the power of fantasy: Powell and Pressburger's Tales of Hoffmann and Syberberg's Parsifal -- Opera al fresco: Rosi's Bizet's Carmen and Losey's Don Giovanni -- A matter of time and place: Peter Sellars and media culture.