Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Giuseppe Verdi: The Paris Opera commissions
by Coduti, C. Leonard, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 95; 1523336
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the relationship between Giuseppe Verdi and the Paris Opera and the stage works that Verdi composed or reworked as a result of this business venture. Between 1847 and 1867, Verdi accepted four formal commissions for Paris: Jerusalem (1847), Les vêpres siciliennes (1855), Le trouvère (1857) and Don Carlos (1867). After a brief introduction discussing Verdi's career before Paris, each commission is discussed in detail from the genesis of the work through its premiere, and the eventual outcome of each opera. This study also evaluates the benefit of this collaboration to Verdi's international career given the requirements and time expended to produce each commission. It explores Verdi's adaptation to cultural differences, his handling of foreign business affairs, and his personal feelings toward French society. Much of the source material is drawn from Verdi's own writings and correspondence, as well as the writings of several Verdi scholars.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doyle, Alicia M.
Commitee: Forney, Kristine K., Hickman, Roger C.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Musicology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts, Theater History
Publication Number: 1523336
ISBN: 9781303209048
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