Orpheus in Venice

Ellen Rosand

in Monteverdi's Last Operas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249349
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933279 | DOI:
Orpheus in Venice

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This chapter serves as a prologue that introduces the cast of characters and describes the setting. Claudio Monteverdi has long been celebrated as the first great composer of opera; he was acknowledged as such during his lifetime. The chapter argues that a particular dramatic vision links Ritorno and Incoronazione to one another and to Nozze. This ghost opera joins with the two survivors to form a coherent body of works that attests to Monteverdi's position within the world of Venetian opera as a whole. One of the most distinctive aspects of Monteverdi's three Venetian operas is that their librettos are known to have been written specifically for him, as part of an effort to lure him back to the musical theater.

Keywords: Claudio Monteverdi; opera; Venice; Ritorno; Venetian trilogy; Incoronazione

Chapter.  12133 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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