Production Aesthetics and Materials

Katherine Syer

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    Enhanced attention has been paid in recent decades to opera production history. As staging and design practices evolved from the use of stock sets at the end of the seventeenth century to more detailed, elaborate, and individualistic production plans for Parisian grand opera and other nineteenth-century repertoire—especially Verdi and Wagner—the need to document the mise en scène, in the form of staging manuals and other records, naturally increased. This study examines some of the historical conditions and records of the visual aspects of opera over four centuries, including lighting, scenography, choreography, and stage direction.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Opera
    EditorsHelen M. Greenwald
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199984299
    ISBN (Print)9780197625453, 9780195335538
    StatePublished - Nov 5 2014

    Publication series

    NameOxford Handbooks


    • opera production
    • staging manuals
    • mise en scène
    • choreography
    • lighting
    • scenography


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