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Title Curating opera : reinventing the past through museums of opera and art / Stephen Mould.
Imprint London : Routledge, 2021.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 225 pages) : illustrations (black and white).
Series Ashgate interdisciplinary studies in opera.
Ashgate interdisciplinary studies in opera.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Bio/Hist Note Stephen Mould studied music in Sydney and London, subsequently pursuing a career in opera houses, where he has been employed as a coach, musical assistant, conductor and senior administrator in Germany, Belgium, Australia and the USA. For thirteen years he was a member of the staff of Opera Australia, as a musical assistant, conductor and Head of Music. He is currently senior lecturer in conducting and operatic studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 03, 2021).
Subject Opera -- Production and direction.
Contents Part One -- Chapter 1: 'Curationism'Chapter 2: Towards the curation of operaChapter 3: The rise and fall of the public art museum Part TwoChapter 4: The invention of operaChapter 5: Operatic transformations Chapter 6: From marketplace to museumChapter 7: Mozart's operas during the long nineteenth century (1) Chapter 8: Mozart's operas during the long nineteenth century (2)Chapter 9: Boom and bust in the nineteenth centuryPart ThreeChapter 10: The sociology of the opera house -- insidersChapter 11: The operatic work and the concept of WerktreueChapter 12: Rossini, Rembrandt and the Werktreue debate Chapter 13: Dramaturgy and the dramaturge in the opera houseChapter 14: The dramaturgy of murder and madnessChapter 15: 'Deeds of music made visible'Chapter 16: Conclusion / Afterword.
Summary Curation as a concept and a catchword in modern parlance has, over recent decades, become deeply ingrained in modern culture. The purpose of this study is to explore the curatorial forces at work within the modern opera house and to examine the functionaries and processes that guide them. In turn, comparisons are made with the workings of the traditional art museum, where artworks are studied, preserved, restored, displayed and contextualised - processes which are also present in the opera house. Curatorial roles in each institution are identified and described, and the role of the celebrity art curator is compared with that of the modern stage director, who has acquired previously undreamt-of licence to interrogate operatic works, overlaying them with new concepts and levels of meaning in order to reinvent and redefine the operatic repertoire for contemporary needs. A point of coalescence between the opera house and the art museum is identified, with the transformation, towards the end of the nineteenth century, of the opera house into the operatic museum. Curatorial practices in the opera house are examined, and further communalities and synergies in the way that works' are defined in each institution are explored. This study also considers the so-called birth' of opera around the start of the seventeenth century, with reference to the near-contemporary rise of the modern art museum, outlining operatic practice and performance history over the last 400 years in order to identify the curatorial practices that have historically been employed in the maintenance and development of the repertoire. This examination of the forces of curation within the modern opera house will highlight aspects of authenticity, authorial intent, preservation, restoration and historically informed performance practice.
Other Title Print version: 9780367467814.