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ISBN 9781032034270
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Staging Voice is a unique approach to the aesthetics of voice and its staging in performance.

This study reflects on what it would mean to take opera’s decisive attribute—voice—as the foundation of its staged performance. The book thinks of staging through the medium of voice. It is a nuances exploration, which brings together scholarly and directorial interpretations, and engages in detail with less frequently performed works of major and influential 20th century artists--Erik Satie, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill--as well as exposes readers to an innovative experimental work of Evelyn Ficarra and Valerie Whittington. The study is intertwined throughout with the author’s staging of the works accessible online.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in voice studies, opera, music theatre, musicology, directing, performance studies, practice-based research, theatre, visual art, stage design and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Directing Opera

Staging Voice

Chapter 1: Staging A Vulnerable Voice: Weill and Brecht’s Der Jasager (1930)

‘Music… goes its own vast peaceful way’

Translations and Transformations

Consent

Yes and No

Yes-singing and Mute Agreement

Doubling and Muteness

Death

The Gesture

Acrobat, Measure, Distance, Scale

Chapter 2: Binding the Voice: Ficarra and Whittington’s The Empress’s Feet (1995)

A Voice for the Feet

The Empress’s Feet

Sleepwalking Feet

Sleepwalking Empress

Foot-binding

Castrati

Fold

Soaring Voice

Hollowed-out voice

Aerial Acrobat

 

Chapter 3: Staging Thought in Satie’s Socrate (1919)

Enigmatic Work

Flexible Timbre

Satie’s Plato

Marsyas

Cicadas

Swan Song

Nietzsche’s Socrates

White

Furniture Music

Respectful Silence

Restaging Socrate

Voice and Music Echoed in Staging and Set

Staging Musical Myth

Staging Socrates’s Death

Reference List

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Michal Grover-Friedlander is Associate Professor of Musicology and head of the Musicology Department at Tel Aviv University. Her first monograph, Vocal Apparitions: Cinema’s Attraction to Opera, was published by Princeton University Press in 2005. Her second book, Operatic Afterlives was published by Zone Books in 2011. She is artistic founder and director of the experimental opera ensemble Ta Opera Zuta.