Operatics: The Interdisciplinary Workings of Opera(UTQ Volume 81.4 2012)

Operatics: The Interdisciplinary Workings of Opera(UTQ Volume 81.4 2012)

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Operatics: The Interdisciplinary Workings of Opera
University of Toronto Quarterly - Volume 81, Number 4, Fall 2012

Editors - Katherine R. Larson, Sherry D. Lee, Caryl Clark, and Linda Hutcheon

In its emphasis on “Operatics,” this special issue takes as its focus the “workings” of opera: the dynamic relationship between operatic source text(s), libretto, and musical score, and the technological and physiological labour that makes possible operatic production and performance. It also registers opera’s powerful capacity both to rework particular narratives and historical moments and to work on audience members through its lavish fusion of music, text, and stage spectacle as well as increasingly varied modes of reception. The work showcased in this collection emerged out of the 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 seasons of the Opera Exchange, an innovative symposium series based at the University of Toronto and co-organized with the Canadian Opera Company which has been bringing together leading scholars to elucidate selected operatic texts from a range of disciplinary perspectives for nearly ten years. Together, the contributors to this volume help to illuminate, from richly varied perspectives, the implications of confronting the “operatics”–the inner and affective workings–of the extravagant, provocative, and fundamentally interdisciplinary genre that is opera.

Articles include:


Katherine R. Larson, Sherry D. Lee, Caryl Clark, and Linda Hutcheon

Opera as News: Nixon in China and the Contemporary Operatic Subject
William Germano

The Political Resonance of Nixon in China
Louis W. Pauly

Love and Faith in Othello and Otello
Alexander Leggatt

The Society of Women in the History of Othello from Shakespeare to Verdi
Jill L. Levenson

Iphigénie à Paris: Gluck and the philosophes
Nathan Martin

The Flying Dutchman, the Wandering Jew, and Wagner’s Anti-Semitism
Stephen McClatchie

Death in Venice and Beyond: Benjamin Britten’s Late Works
Kimberly F. Canton, Amelia DeFalco, Linda Hutcheon, Michael Hutcheon, Katherine R. Larson, and Helmut Reichenbächer

Cinematic Operatics: Barbara Willis Sweete Directs Metropolitan Opera HD Transmissions
Kay Armatage

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