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Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This chapter will not delve into the many manifestations of gods, ghosts, monsters, Furies and magicians in seventeenth- and (especially) eighteenth-century opera. The supernatural existed in these works simply as an exotic element...

Characterization

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...In the last two chapters of this book we shall consider features of the interaction between words, music and stage action which are seen only in the unfolding of an entire opera in performance – characterization of an individual role...

Duets

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...In duets there is an interaction between two people, and the music must link them together and show how the thoughts and feelings of one person impact on the other person, leading to his or her response. Both partial overlapping and fully...

The Sense of Inevitability

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction The distinguished translator and classical scholar Richmond Lattimore published in 1964 a short book, Story Patterns in Greek Tragedy. In this he argues that in all tragic drama there comes a climactic moment at which...

Arias and Monologues

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This chapter discusses sections of scenes where a character is either alone singing to the audience, or addressing a silent onstage audience, or revealing his or her thoughts and feelings to a confidante. Examples will be drawn both from...

Ensembles

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...‘In this sextet the text is secondary.’ Alban Berg, footnote to the ensemble at Lulu I.3.1177ff. ‘I hope they all know what they’re screaming about!’ Pangloss, speaking after a brilliant parody of complex ensemble singing...

Introduction

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This book explores in some detail the types of interaction between text, music and performance in opera. The intended readership consists primarily of singers studying operatic acting and their teachers, stage directors – especially those...

Hotel

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Caryl Churchill

~playauthor~Written by~ Caryl Churchill

Nick Hern Books, 1997

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 23, Roles: Total (13), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (8)

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...Hotel is multidisciplinary performance piece with a libretto by Caryl Churchill, music composed by Orlando Gough and choreography by Ian Spink. It was first staged in a production by Second Stride at the Schauspielhaus Hannover, Germany...

Conclusion

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...We have studied how operas make their effect on the spectator, by examining the interaction between text, music and stage action in video recordings of thirty scenes, or sub-scenes, from a selection of twenty-three operas by thirteen...

Confrontations

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...These are scenes where two characters are in one-to-one conflict. By convention, characters in an opera can hear the emotion conveyed in another’s vocal line but cannot hear the orchestral commentary underneath the music which another...