Understanding the Women of Mozart’s Operas by Kristi Brown-Montesano PDF

By Kristi Brown-Montesano

Is The Marriage of Figaro just approximately Figaro? Is Don Giovanni’s tale the single one—or even the main fascinating one—in the opera that bears his identify? For generations of critics, historians, and administrators, it’s Mozart’s males who've mattered so much. Too frequently, the feminine characters were understood from the male protagonist’s perspective or just diminished on level (and in print) to paper cutouts from the age of the powdered wig and the tightly cinched corset. It’s time to offer Mozart’s women—and Mozart’s multi-dimensional portrayals of female character—their due. during this vigorous ebook, Kristi Brown-Montesano bargains a close exploration of the feminine roles in Mozart’s 4 most often played operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte. every one bankruptcy takes an in depth examine the tune, libretto textual content, literary assets, and historic components that provide form to a personality, re-evaluating universal assumptions and presenting clean interpretations.

Brown-Montesano perspectives every one personality because the topic of a narrative, no longer simply the article of a hero’s narrative or the inventory determine of conference. From amiable Zerlina, to the remarkable Queen of the evening, to calculating Despina, all of Mozart’s girls have anything special to assert. those readings additionally take on provocative social, political, and cultural matters, that are utilized in the operas to outline optimistic and detrimental pictures of femininity: revenge, energy, seduction, resistance, autonomy, sacrifice, faithfulness, category, maternity, and sisterhood. Keenly conscious of the old hole among the origins of those works and modern tradition, Brown-Montesano discusses how attitudes approximately such concepts—past and current—influence our appreciation of those attention-grabbing representations of women.

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