The Verdi Baritone
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The Verdi Baritone

Studies in the Development of Dramatic Character
Geoffrey Edwards and Ryan Edwards
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/14/2008
Format: paper 208 pages
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-253-22039-4
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One of the most significant developments in 19th-century Italian opera was the genesis of the Verdi baritone. The authors argue that the composer's baritone characters embody "a quintessential humanity, expressing needs and temptations, confusions and understandings, griefs and joys that transcend the particulars of time and place." The Verdi Baritone explores seven of the most fascinating roles in the repertory, revealing how they were conceived and executed. This eloquent book opens with a discussion of Verdi's early triumph, Nabucco; proceeds with Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Simon Boccanegra; and concludes with his final great tragedy, Otello. Voice students, professional performers, their teachers and coaches, and opera lovers, will gain insight into Verdi's masterful use of text, music, and staging to portray each character's inner self.

Author Bio

Geoffrey Edwards is an award-winning author and stage director who received his Ph.D. in theater and drama from Northwestern University.

Ryan Edwards gained international acclaim as a singing actor during his career as a leading baritone with the Metropolitan Opera.

Reviews

"Singing actors delight when a well-written, practical, and carefully documented source for character development assists their research. . . . The Verdi Baritone offers a unique, and uniquely qualified, discourse on a much too often overlooked aspect of the operas." —Opera Journal

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction
Nabucco
Ernani
Macbeth
Rigoletto
La Traviata
Simon Boccanegra
Otello8

Appendix: Plot Synopses
Nabucco
Ernani
Macbeth
Rigoletto
La Traviata
Simon Boccanegra
Otello
Selected Bibliography
Notes