The Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera series provides a centralized and prominent forum for the presentation of cutting-edge scholarship that draws on numerous disciplinary approaches to a wide range of subjects associated with the creation, performance, and reception of opera and related genres in various historical and social contexts. Studies of all kinds, especially those that go beyond traditional approaches to reflect new perspectives not only in musicology, but in areas such as comparative literature, social history, philosophy, visual arts, theatre history and performance studies, film studies, political science, psychoanalysis, science, and medicine, are welcome. The series continues to move important scholarly trends forward by encouraging original scholarship that interrogates the complex means of artistic expression operative in opera. Essay collections and monographs on topics from the seventeenth century to contemporary times and from all geographical locations, including non-Western topics, are welcome.
The Operas of Rameau Genesis, Staging, Reception
The Original Portrayal of Mozart’s Don Giovanni
The Operatic Archive American Opera as History
Einstein on the Beach: Opera beyond Drama
The Grand Theater of the World Music, Space, and the Performance of Identity in Early Modern Rome
By Caitlin Vincent
May 31, 2023
Digital Scenography in Opera in the Twenty-First Century is the first definitive study of the use of digital scenography in Western opera production. The book begins by exploring digital scenography’s dramaturgical possibilities and establishes a critical framework for identifying and comparing the...
By Graham Sadler, Shirley Thompson, Jonathan Williams
May 31, 2023
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 ...
By Magnus Tessing Schneider
May 31, 2023
The Original Portrayal of Mozart’s Don Giovanni offers an original reading of Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s opera Don Giovanni, using as a lens the portrayal of the title role by its creator, the baritone Luigi Bassi (1766–1825). Although Bassi was coached in the role by the composer himself, his ...
By Roberta Montemorra Marvin
November 18, 2022
Opera Outside the Box: Notions of Opera in Nineteenth-Century Britain addresses operatic “experiences” outside the opera houses of Britain during the nineteenth century. The essays adopt a variety of perspectives exploring the processes through which opera and ideas about opera were cultivated and ...
By Stephen Mould
August 29, 2022
Curation as a concept and a catchword in modern parlance has, over recent decades, become deeply ingrained in modern culture. The purpose of this study is to explore the curatorial forces at work within the modern opera house and to examine the functionaries and processes that guide them. In turn, ...
By Ellen Rosand, Stefano La Via
July 01, 2022
Claudio Monteverdi’s Venetian Operas features chapters by a group of scholars and performers of varied backgrounds and specialties, who confront the various questions raised by Monteverdi’s late operas from an interdisciplinary perspective. The premise of the volume is the idea that constructive ...
By Judith Mabary
April 29, 2022
The mention of the term "melodrama" is likely to evoke a response from laymen and musicians alike that betrays an acquaintance only with the popular form of the genre and its greatly heightened drama, exaggerated often to the point of the ridiculous. Few are aware that there exists a type of ...
By Colleen Renihan
April 28, 2020
The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History extends the growing interdisciplinary conversation in opera studies by drawing on new research in performance studies and the philosophy of history. Moving beyond traditional aesthetic conceptions of opera, this book argues for opera’s powerful ...
By Jelena Novak, John Richardson
December 19, 2019
Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s most celebrated collaboration, the landmark opera Einstein on the Beach, had its premiere at the Avignon Festival in 1976. During its initial European tour, Metropolitan Opera premiere, and revivals in 1984 and 1992, Einstein provoked opposed reactions from both ...
By Valeria De Lucca, Christine Jeanneret
September 16, 2019
Music and space in the early modern world shaped each other in profound ways, and this is particularly apparent when considering Rome, a city that defined itself as the "grande teatro del mondo". The aim of this book is to consider music and space as fundamental elements in the performance of ...
By Kathryn Fenton
September 04, 2019
On 10 December 1910, Giacomo Puccini’s seventh opera, La fanciulla del West, had its premiere before a sold-out audience at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House. The performance was the Metropolitan Opera Company’s first world premiere by any composer. By all accounts, the premiere was an ...
By Wendy Heller, Eleonora Stoppino
June 25, 2019
The epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, attributed to Homer, are among the oldest surviving works of literature derived from oral performance. Deeply embedded in these works is the notion that they were intended to be heard: there is something musical about Homer's use of language and a vivid ...