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The Crafty Art of Opera
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197 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

5 colour. 17 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Crafty Art of Opera

For those who make it, love it or hate it

by Michael Hampe

Translated by Chris Walton

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Insights into an opera stage director's work from an internationally acclaimed director and teacher.
Opera is nowadays performed worldwide. But as an art form it is little understood by performers and audiences alike. The Crafty Art of Opera wants to change that. Here, Michael Hampe brings glimpses of the director's work to a wider audience, uncovering the many techniques and rules that should inform an opera's staging: the need for singers to know their orchestra, the importance of space around singers, the gestures of languages, what we all can learn from Mozart, and the primacy of sense over effect, to name but a few. He shows how stories, through music, become tangible and real.
Packed with many anecdotes from the author's luminous career, this book is dedicatedto opera-lovers who want to understand 'how it is done'; to opera-makers who want to better understand their craft; and, last but not least, to those who loathe opera, in order to prove them wrong. Eminently readable, it brings both insight and wit from a life spent in opera as director and teacher.

MICHAEL HAMPE is an internationally acclaimed opera stage director. The Crafty Art of Opera was published in German as Opernschule.
Preface
What is opera?
The heart
The seven 'W's
Sense and sensuality
Bodies in space
Movement
Le physique du rôle
Discomfort and inconvenience
Bank robbers
Pretend theatre
The 'trizophrenic' upbeat
The complete music-actor
Mozart
Recitative
Being comic
'Too many notes...'
Dramaturgy
Breaking the rules
The harmony of the spheres
In place of an epilogue: my teachers
Appendix 1: All the 'useful rules' in overview, for those who make opera
Appendix 2: A masterclass in opera, for those who love it or hate it
Index of names and works

CHRIS WALTON teaches music history at the Basel University of Music in Switzerland and is Senior Researcher at Bern University of the Arts. He is the author of Othmar Schoeck: Life and Works (URP, 2009), Richard Wagner's Zurich: The Muse of Place (Camden House, 2007), Lies and Epiphanies (URP, 2015), and most recently Richard Wagner's Essays on Conducting (URP, 2020).

"I can't imagine a better way to introduce budding singers to the dramatic part of music drama." Stephen Brown,, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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Title Details

197 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

5 colour. 17 b/w. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press