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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.
Sommario
  1. The precedents: abandonment, jealousy, memory (Ninfas Lament, The Marriage of Figaro, Norma)
  2. The heroic giving in to loves madness (Il Trovatore; Lucia di Lammermoor)
  3. Heroism, or cowardice, of renunciation (Un Ballo in Maschera; La Traviata)
  4. Sorrows of farewell and absence (Lucia di Lammermoor; Il Trovatore)
  5. Eros transfigured in political sacrifice and in a vision of alterlive (Don Carlos)
  6. Madness in pain; the chaotic tangle of memories, presages, desires and clashing emotions (I Puritani; Lucia di Lammermoor)
In the course of two days, I discussed the sorrow of women in romantic melodrama. I declaimed the texts together with Benedetta De Gasperis, while the director, Valeria Profeta Romano, provided piano accompaniment, and two sopranos took turns in interpretating some Arias. Salone Estense, Varese, 2000.
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