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  • 5 Feb 2020
    Alison DeSimone, Matthew Gardner

    Who Benefits?

    What can musical benefits tell us about the ecology of performance in eighteenth-century Britain? Why did musical benefits become such an integral part of a performer’s work in the eighteenth century? How similar were benefits for performers to those for charities? What did musical benefits look like across Britain, in comparison with those in London? […]

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  • 2 Apr 2019
    Hugh Macdonald

    Saint-Saëns and the Stage

    Ever since I developed a passion for French music and started working on Berlioz and then Bizet, I was constantly aware of the formidable figure of Saint-Saëns at the end of the nineteenth century, contributing to every branch of music and regularly heard in concert halls and, thanks to Samson et Dalila, in opera houses […]

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  • 8 Aug 2018
    Eugene J. Johnson

    Inventing the Opera House

    The opera house is one of the most successful new building types of modern times. Found all over the world, opera houses usually have three major features: private boxes stacked vertically around an open, central space; an orchestra pit; and a deep stage to hold elaborate scenery. Each of these features has its own history. […]

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  • 7 Mar 2017
    Susan Rutherford

    International Women’s Day: Verdi and Women

    This book began life with a different title: ‘In tuono deciso’, or Verdi’s Heroines. The phrase ‘in tuono deciso’ (‘in a decided tone’) is a stage direction in the score of Verdi’s Alzira, when the eponymous protagonist is told by her father that she must marry not the man she loves but his enemy — […]

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  • 28 Feb 2014
    Nicholas Vazsonyi

    Wagner on Ice

    Nicholas Vazsonyi, the editor of The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia, explores the way Disney's Frozen hearkens back to the great operas of Wagner—with personal and universal themes, intensity, and a great soundtrack. Long live Wagner! Warning: contains spoilers.

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  • 16 Oct 2013
    Rachel E.

    A Night at the Opera

    Celebrating Verdi's 200th in Austria last week, publicist Rachel took a cue from The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia and attended an anniversary production of Aida at the Vienna State Opera.

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  • 10 Oct 2013

    Celebrating 200 Years of Verdi

    Today marks the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi, the celebrated Italian opera composer. To honor his legacy, we've created a playlist of some of his finest songs from eight of his beloved operas. To learn more about the composer and his operas, check out The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia, the essential reference on the life, works, and legacy of the operatic master.

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  • 2 Mar 2012
    Robert Cannon

    What is opera?: Operas and Their Worlds, Finale

    Robert Cannon's series concludes with a look at more modern operas, starting in the nineteenth century.

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