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Operatic Afterlives
Author: Michal Grover-Friedlander

ISBN: 9781935408062
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3 February 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51 x 2.54
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In Operatic Afterlives, Michal Grover-Friedlander examines the implications of opera's founding myth—the story of Orpheus and Eurydice: Orpheus's attempt to revive the dead Eurydice with the power of singing. Grover-Friedlander examines instances in which opera portrays an existence beyond death, a revival of the dead, or a simultaneous presence of life and death. These portrayals—in operas by Puccini and other composers and performances by Maria Callas—are made possible, she argues, by the unique treatment of voice in the operas in question: the occurrence of a breach in which singing itself takes on an afterlife in the face of the singer's death. This may arise from the multiplication of singing voices inhabiting the same body, from disembodied singing, from the merging of singing voices, from the disconnection of voice and character. The instances developed in the book take on added significance as they describe a reconfiguration of operatic singing itse...

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