Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater

Name: Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater
Format: epub
Size: 21.23 MB

Title: Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater
Author: Nina Penner
Language: English

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Total pages: N/A

Who tells the stories in operas and musical theater? The answer can seem either too simple (no one) or too complex (characters, the orchestra, the composer and librettist, directors, conductors, and singers). In Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater, Nina Penner delves into the intricacies of storytelling in musical theatrical performance using analytic philosophy as a lens. She examines the roles of character-narrators and how they differ from those in literary and cinematic works, as well as the orchestra’s role as a narrative agent by providing access to characters’ unexpressed thoughts and feelings. Importantly, Penner illustrates what musicology stands to gain from analytic philosophy, and what philosophy can gain from musicology. She also carefully considers the past and present by reflecting on how centuries-old works and both Western and non-Western practices remain meaningful to contemporary audiences and have the power to attract new, more diverse audiences…

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