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Italian Opera in Global and Transnational Perspective


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Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Opera and italianita in transnational and global perspective: An introduction Axel Koerner and Paulo Kuhl; 2. Giving singers a voice. The Italian opera company and the press in Rio de Janeiro Fernando Santos BercotI; 3. Nina d'Aubigny's 'Italian voice': A musical projection screen in German national discourse Carolin Krahn; 4. Italian opera and Creole identities: Manuel Garcia in independent Mexico (1826 - 1829) Francesco Milella; 5. Italian opera in Vormarz Vienna: Gaetano Donizetti, Bartolomeo Merelli and Habsburg cultural policies in the mid-1830s Claudio Vellutini; 6. Southern exchanges: Italian opera in New Orleans, 1836-42 Charlotte Bentley; 7. 'For a moment, I felt like I was back in Italy:' Early south American experiences of Italian opera singers (1840-1860) Josei Manuel Izquierdo Koenig; 8. Reimagining Rossini: Obituaries as transnational narratives of Italian opera Arnold Jacobshagen; 9. From heaven and hell to the grail hall via Sant'Andrea della Valle: Religious identity and the internationalisation of operatic styles in liberal Italy Andrew Holden; 10. Arcadia undone: Teresa Carreno's 1887 Italian opera company in Caracas Ditlev Rindom; 11. Italian impresarios, American Minstrels and Parsi theatre: Sonic networks and the negotiation of opera in colonial South and Southeast Asia Rashna Darius Nicholson; 12. German national identity and operatic italianita: Franchetti's and Leoncavallo's operas on German myths Richard Erkens; 13. Fever in Belle Epoque Manaus: italianita at the Teatro Amazonas, 1897-1907 Rosie McMahon-(Opera); 14. Between 'Sung Theatre' and Asakusa opera. In search of italianita in early Japanese opera history Michael Facius; 15. Epilogue Benjamin Walton.

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Investigates how operatic presentations of Italian identity evolved as Italian opera was performed for nineteenth-century audiences around the world.

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Axel Koerner is Professor of Modern Cultural and Intellectual History at Leipzig University and an Honorary Professor at University College London. He is author of Politics of Culture in Liberal Italy (2009) and America in Italy (2017), which won the American Historical Association's Marraro Prize. Paulo Kuhl is Associate Professor at the University of Campinas, Brazil. He has published widely on Italian opera in Portugal and Brazil, with a focus on adaptations and translations of operas, censorship, and libretto studies.

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