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The Last Days of the Opera

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The Last Days of the Opera
The Last Days of the Opera

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A major anthology on opera edited by leading specialists in the field
Critical reflections on the present and future of opera as an art form.The title is inspired by the epic drama The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus. Published in full in 1922, its author ridicules the interconnected ills of modernity that he saw as fueling the war machine (nationalism, capitalism, unbridled technology, militarism, journalistic unscrupulousness) as well as the Viennese cultural scene of the time.The drama bears chilling parallels to our world in 2022.The goal of the anthology, which includes some 100 essays, is to consider the relevance of opera in today’s dystopian world and to look to possible developments in the genre in the foreseeable future.
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It bears chilling parallels to our world in 2020. The goal of the planned anthology, which will include some 100 essays, is to consider the relevance of opera in today’s dystopian world and to look topossible developments in the genre in the foreseeable future. The writers will include opera professionals: singers, directors, conductors aswell as creative minds from other fields who can bring new input, like philosophers, artists, film directors and actors.
The book will feature an iconography of original works by famous artists, in particular those of the renowned stage designer Richard Peduzzi.
Writers include: Marina Abramovic´, George Benjamin, Stephan Braunfels,Robert Carsen, Martin Crimp, Bernard Foccroulle, Philippe Jordan, Jonas Kaufmann, William Kentridge, Christian Lacroix, Jan Lauwers, Katie Mitchell, Riccardo Muti, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Denis Podalyclès, Thaddaeus Ropac,Matthias Schulz, Robert Wilson.
Christian Kircher is Executive Director of Bundestheater-Holding GmbH in Vienna. Gert Korentschnig is an opera critic (Wiener Kurier).
Denise Wendel-Poray, writer, critic and former opera singer, is the author of several books and essays on the relationship between art, theatre and music. She recently published Painting the Stage (Skira, 2019).
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Year2023
LanguageEnglish
ISBN885724359
EAN9788857243597
Dimensions16.5 x 24cm
Pages488
BindingSoftcover
Colour illustrations90
ArgumentArt
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