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Interlude Breath’s End

Terry Castle

in The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195365870
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365870.003.0012
Interlude Breath’s End

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This interlude considers the connections between prima donnas and the ultimate ending: death. Unlike Clément’s meditations on the deaths of operatic characters and earlier focus on the enacting of death on stage, the interlude’s concern is the mortality of the singers themselves. Pondering this theme, it reflects on the ways in which our own ageing, as opera-lovers, changes our relationship to the prima donnas whose voices have moved us over the course of our lives and who are intrinsic to our individual experience of the passage of time.

Keywords: death; ending; Clément; mortality; ageing; time

Chapter.  3658 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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