Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Manuwald, Gesine

Nero in Opera

Librettos as Transformations of Ancient Sources

Series:Transformationen der Antike 24

    119,95 € / $168.00 / £89.99*

    eBook (PDF)
    Publication Date:
    May 2013
    ISBN
    978-3-11-031751-0
    See all formats and pricing
    



    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    This book considers the story of Nero and Octavia, as told in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia and the works of ancient historiographers, and its reception in (early) modern opera and some related examples of other performative genres. In total the study assembles more than 30 performative texts (including 22 librettos), ranging chronologically from L'incoronazione di Poppea in 1642/43 until the early 20th century, and provides detailed information on all of them. In a close examination of the libretto (and dramatic) texts, the study shows the impact and development of this fascinating story from the beginnings of historical opera onwards. The volume demonstrates the various transformations of the characters of Nero and his wives and of the depiction of their relationship over the centuries, and it looks at the tension between “historical” elements and genre conventions. The book is therefore of relevance to literary scholars as well as to readers interested in the evolution of Nero’s image in present-day media.

    Supplementary Information

    Details

    viii, 410 pages
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Nero; Octavia; opera

    MARC record

    MARC record for eBook

    request permissions

    More ...

    Gesine Manuwald, University College London, UK.

    Comments (0)

    Please log in or register to comment.