Operas of Rameau : genesis, staging, reception.

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Routledge,, London, England, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (2018)

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(OCoLC)fst01046145, bisacsh, fast, France, History and criticism., MUSIC / General, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera, Opera, Opera.


In recent years, interest in Rameau's operas has grown enormously. These works are no longer regarded as peripheral by performers and audiences but are increasingly staged in the world's major opera houses and festivals, while the production of first-rate recordings on CD and DVD continues to flourish. Such welcome developments have gone hand in hand with an upsurge in research on Rameau and his period. The present volume, devoted solely to the composer's operas, reflects this scholarly activity. It brings together a substantial group of essays by an international team of scholars on a wide range of aspects of Rameau's operas. The individual essays are informed by a variety of disciplines or sub-disciplinesincluding literature, archival studies, musical analysis, gender studies, ballet and choreography, dramaturgy and staging. The contents are addressed to a wide readership, including not only scholars but also practical musicians, stage directors, dancers and choreographers.Graham Sadler is a research professor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Hull. Shirley Thompson is Interim Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Jonathan Williams is a leading Rameau specialist in Britain and director of the Rameau Project based at St Hilda's College, Oxford.