Shakespeare and opera

Streete, A. (2011) Shakespeare and opera. In: Burnett, M. T., Streete, A. and Wray, R. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 142-168. ISBN 9780748652297 (doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0009)

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This chapter reports that both Hector Berlioz and Giuseppe Verdi were dominant presences in the European obsession with opera in the nineteenth century. An analysis of some complex confluences of Shakespearean history, politics and performance is presented. The chapter then explores in detail the genesis and first performances of Otello. Some of the major recorded interpretations of the role of Otello during the twentieth century are reviewed. It also shows that the performance history of Otello is as contested and complex as the original play upon which Verdi and his team of collaborators drew. Today, the world's opera houses offer only one of many outlets for operatic performances. There are any number of iconic singers whose interpretations of the canonical Shakespearean operas either on recordings or on film deserve wider exposure and further examination beyond the remit of classical music and opera scholars.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Streete, Professor Adrian
Authors: Streete, A.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
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