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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...

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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... Engstrom 1981, Nattiez 1983 and M. Ewans 1985b and 2015. I saw the Siegfried of Francesca Zambello’s San Francisco/Washington State Opera Ring during a flying visit to the Bay area in May 2011. If the rest of her cycle equals the interpretative...

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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... which the story had now acquired through the creation of its threeprequels. Cf. M. Ewans 1985a: 85–7. Accordingly, as Shaw noted, after a first ‘lapse’ into duet as Siegfried and Brünnhilde celebrate their new love...

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...

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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... both characters undergo? For a study of this opera and its relationship to Sophocles’ drama see M. Ewans 2007: 81–104. For a study of the increasing inevitability of Elektra’s death see 9.2....

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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... which in my view would reduce them to mere puppets, of no dramatic interest. M. Ewans 1995: xxix–xxx (on the Oresteia of Aeschylus). Cf. my comments on the contrast between the heroes and heroines of Greek epic and tragedy...

Interactions with the Numinous

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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... experience. And, arguably, the ability to illuminate such moments is one of the greatest achievements possible for the opera composer. Michael Tippett argued correctly that in opera, in contrast with the straight play: the greater percentage...

Noises Off

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 analyses scenes where there are events taking place offstage, and the music of the offstage event is heard to be interacting with the music of the onstage characters. Several powerful scenes in opera use this device, and we...

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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... Flowers of the heavens, smile on our   immortal This word is sung only by Didon, not by Énée, both here and in the remaining stanzas. J. Ewans (1980: 284–5) rightly notes the irony: ‘At this stage in Les Troyens Dido...

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...