1st Edition

Claudio Monteverdi’s Venetian Operas Sources, Performance, Interpretation

Edited By Ellen Rosand, Stefano La Via Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 dialogue between musicologists and musicians, stage directors and theater historians, as well as philologists and literary critics can shed new light on Monteverdi’s two Venetian operas (and their respective librettos, by Badoaro and Busenello), not only at the levels of textual criticism, historical exegesis, and dramaturgy, but also with regard to concrete choices of performance, staging, and mise-en-scène. Following an Introduction setting up the interdisciplinary agenda, the volume comprises two main parts: ‘Contexts and Sources’ deals with the historical, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts of the works - librettos and scores; 'Performance and Interpretation’ offers critical and historical insights regarding the casting, singing, reciting, staging, and conducting of the two operas. This volume will appeal to scholars and researchers in Opera Studies and Music History as well as be of interest to early music performers and all those involved with presenting opera on stage.

    PART I: Context and Sources

    1. Mario Infelise. Libertinism and Politics: Notes for an Incognito Reading of L’Incoronazione di Poppea

    2. Jean-Francois Lattarico. L’incoronazione di Poppea within the Context of Le ore ociose (1656).

    3. Merita Martino. Busenello and Monteverd: Toward les liasons des scenes

    4. Hendrik Schulze. Editing Poppea: Source Provenance, Performance Practice, and Authorship

    5. Stefano LaVia Monteverdi the Aristotelian Dramatist. The "Cheerful Reversal" of il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.

    6. Nicola Usula Notes on the manuscript of il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria in the Music Collection of Leopoldo I in Vienna. 9 IMAGES


    PART II: Performance and Interpretation

    7. Wendy Heller "Una lingua sciolta": Listening to the Voice of Anna Renzi

    8. Guillaume Bernardi. Reciting Monteverdi. Sources, Practices, and Hurdles.

    9. Magnus Schneider. Heavenly Masquerades. On Doubling in Il ritorno d’Ulisse.

    10. Anna Tedesco. Monteverdi in the Garden. Poppea in Fascist Florence.

    11. Mauro Calcagno. Otho’s Perspective, Seneca‘s Lesson: On Recent Stagings of L’incoronazione di Poppea.

    12. Jane Glover. Conducting Monteverdi’s Venetian Operas.


    Ellen Rosand, George A. Saden Professor of Music Emerita at Yale (1992-2014), is the author of Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre (1991), and Monteverdi’s Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy (2007). She also edited Readying Cavalli’s Operas for the Stage (2013), is General Editor of Cavalli Opere, a critical edition of the operas of Francesco Cavalli, and founded the Yale Baroque Opera Project, an undergraduate opera company, in 2006, with the support of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Stefano La Via is Professor of "Storia della Poesia per musica" and "Storia della Canzone d’autore" at the University of Pavia, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage (Cremona). Educated at the Universities of Rome and Princeton, he has published essays on the relationship between poetry and music in various historical periods, with particular reference to 16th-century Madrigal, 17th-/18th-century Opera, Auteur Song in Europe and the Americas.