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Opera, or dramatic song

The Tension between Poetry and Music

Intrigues of Feminine Astuteness in “Opere Buffe”

From Serpina in the Serva Padrona to Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro; from Despina in Così fan tutte to Rosina in The Barber of Seville.

Don Giovanni

Molière, Da Ponte e Mozart
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Dizziness and Enchantment. Pain and the Delirium of Love in Romantic Opera

With examples from The Marriage of Figaro, Norma, I Puritani, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlos.
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Magical and Supernatural in Verdi’s Opera

An overview with examples from Macbeth, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo di Maschera, Don Carlo
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“Tristan”. Metaphysical Seductions of the Night and the End

The antithesis of the day, deception, desire, absence and sorrow with night, death, union and voluptuousness

Comments, Recitations and Musical Performances

Relating to: “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni”, “Rigoletto”, “La Traviata” and “Don Carlos”; “The Valkyrie”
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