The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

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This Companion was conceived as a new way of approaching an international genre: first, by including operas written by Italian, Czech, American, British and Russian composers (as well as the core French composers); and second, by including contributions from as many writers as possible from outside the English-speaking countries. Part I is 'The Resourcing of Grand Opera', covering institutional resources at the Paris Opéra including singers, chorus, ballet, staging techniques and publications. Literary sources are also covered. Part II is 'Revaluation and the Twenty-First Century', an essay by the opera director David Pountney. Part III is 'Grand Operas for Paris', covering works by Auber, Meyerbeer, Halévy, Rossini, Verdi and Berlioz. Part IV is 'Transformations of Grand Opera', covering operas originating in the areas named above, headed by an essay on Richard Wagner's debts to Grand Opera.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages496
ISBN (Print)0251646839
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Paris, opera, nineteenth century, staging, singing, librettos, dance, Meyerbeer, Auber, Halévy, Verdi, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Wagner.

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