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Scholars and Performers

in Divas and Scholars

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226304823
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.003.0006
Scholars and Performers

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Until the Metropolitan Opera's 1990 production, the copies of the 1962 La Scala score and materials derived from it served as the basis for modern revivals of Semiramide. However, during those years, theaters employing this material complained bitterly about its condition. Alberto Zedda made an effort to improve the situation by correcting the score and materials, but there were too many difficulties associated with the original product. Therefore, Philip Gossett agreed to prepare the critical edition of Semiramide, so that it could be used, for the first time, as the basis for the performances at the Metropolitan Opera. There are four principal ways in which the new critical edition differs from the older score: completeness, use of autograph material unknown to previous editors, reconstruction of the stage band Rossini employed in 1823, and rendering Rossini's opera more accurately and providing a more idiomatic treatment of articulation and dynamics.

Keywords: opera; La Scala; Semiramide; Zedda; critical editions; Rossini; stage band; performance

Chapter.  13241 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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