Free kindle From the Score to the Stage: An Illustrated History of Continental Opera Production and StagingAuthor Evan Baker –

Without Scenery, Costumes, And Stage Action, An Opera Would Be Little Than A Concert But In The Audience, We Know Little And Think Less About The Enormous Efforts Of Those Involved In Bringing An Opera To Life By The Stagehands Who Shift Scenery, The Scenic Artists Who Create Beautiful Backdrops, The Electricians Who Focus The Spotlights, And The Stage Manager Who Calls Them And The Singers To Their Places During The Performance The First Comprehensive History Of The Behind The Scenes World Of Opera Production And Staging, From The Score To The Stage Follows The Evolution Of Visual Style And Set Design In Continental Europe From Its Birth In The Seventeenth Century Up To Today In Clear, Witty Prose, Evan Baker Covers All The Major Players And Pieces Involved In Getting An Opera Onto The Stage, From The Stage Director Who Creates The Artistic Concept For The Production And Guides The Singers Interpretation Of Their Roles To The Blocking Of Singers And Placement Of Scenery He Concentrates On The People Composers, Librettists, Designers, And Technicians As Well As The Theaters And Events That Generated Developments In Opera Production Additional Topics Include The Many Difficulties In Performing An Opera, The Functions Of Impresarios, And The Business Of Music Publishing Delving Into The Absorbing And Often Neglected History Of Stage Directing, Theater Architecture And Technology, And Scenic And Lighting Design, Baker Nimbly Links These Technical Aspects Of Opera To Actual Performances And Performers, And The Social Context In Which They Appeared Out Of These Details Arise Illuminating Discussions Of Individual Productions That Cast New Light On The Operas Of Wagner, Verdi, And Others Packed With Nearly Two Hundred Color Illustrations, From The Score To The Stage Is A Revealing, Always Entertaining Look At What Happens Before The Curtain Goes Up On Opening Night At The Opera House

5 thoughts on “From the Score to the Stage: An Illustrated History of Continental Opera Production and Staging

  1. T. Benedict T. Benedict says:

    Serious scholarship in a readable format quite entertaining Numerous illustrations, high quality printing Shows how productions went together, schematics of 18th and19th c mechanical contraptions, men underneath pulling set pieces to create waves, how flats were arranged to create the illusion of depth, who did what and how they did it, etc Did you know that to make it look like Lohengrin had arrived from a long distance, they created a miniature Swan Boat piloted by a child in a Lohengrin costume It traveled across the back of the stage, disappear into the wings, and then reappeared downstage as the full sized boat and tenor Really a wonderful book and important if you are interested in the inner workings of theaters I didn t really think I was until I bought the book preparatory to attending a talk by Dr Baker But I m absolutely fascinated now

  2. Britt Le Bonzo Britt Le Bonzo says:

    This book is truly outstanding It s a gorgeous, expensively bound book printed on acid free paper It s loaded with photo s and tells the history, from the earliest years to the present, of how opera is staged Some of the scenery Callas, La Scala Traviata is spectacular and reading this book will give you all the information you will ever need on how operas are produced This book is excellent for both scholars and intellectually curious opera lovers The book is a bargain at s price and worth every cent This is one of the best opera books I ve bought in years.

  3. LaurynG LaurynG says:

    This is one of the most groundbreaking works for the opera world in some time Baker has created a hefty but surprisingly readable volume that is a must for anyone genuinely interested in opera and how it s made It includes loads of illustrations, including a lot that have never been available before, except to scholarly insiders and truthfully, to only a handful of them It s published like a coffee table book, but it s so much better It should live on the shelf of everyone in opera.

  4. JDL JDL says:

    An amazing wealth of operatic history, information and illustrations A first class book.

  5. Edo Brizio Edo Brizio says:

    poor images repertoire