Pubblicazioni a cura di Lorenzo Frassà


The Opéra-comique in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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The subject of this book, edited by Lorenzo Frassà, is the Opéra-comique as an art form, compositional genre, institution and production process. The volume will consist of a close examination of the genre of the Opéra-comique and the great masterpieces and artists who have sustained this form of musical theatre and prevented it from falling into oblivion. The freedom given to authors in selecting the subject of their contribution has made it possible to bring together subjects that appear disparate, but which are in fact complementary and indispensable to all who wish to investigate the Opéra-comique’s varying facets, and also receive a comprehensive overview. The collection of essays encompasses the heterogeneous world of institutions, traditions, works and composers that can be assimilated into the frame of “Opéra-comique”.


“A valuable contribution to the study of the Opéra-Comique, this volume is highly recommended for those interested in French music and culture of this period.” (G. Vlastos, in: Fontes Artis Musicae, 59/1, 2012, p. 65-67)

Verdi Reception

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This book, edited by Lorenzo Frassà and Michela Niccolai, contains fourteen contributions in which international scholars investigate the reception of Verdi’s operas in Europe and United States.
Organized in conjunction with the bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, this book contains fourteen contributions in which international scholars investigate the reception of Verdi’s operas in Europe and United States: ten chapters are dedicated to England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, and United States, followed by four essays on the musical legacy of Verdi. The contributors are: Rosamund Bartlett, Simone Ciolfi, Ben Earle, Sophia Kompotiati, Massimiliano Locanto, Ralph Locke, George Martin, Hendrikje Mautner-Obst, Nadežda Mosusova, Michela Niccolai, Fiamma Nicolodi, Katy Romanou, Víctor Sánchez Sánchez, Andrzej Tuchowski, Claudia Polo.


Verdi Reception in Europe and United States:

Víctor Sánchez Sánchez, Verdi ante el espejo de España – Fiamma Nicolodi, Mitografia verdiana nel primo Novecento – Nadežda Mosusova, Giuseppe Verdi among the Serbs: Slav Soul and Italian Blood – Katy Romanou & Sophia Kompotiati, Verdi’s Reception in Greece – Hendrikje Mautner-Obst, Verdi-Wissen: Wissensfelder in Franz Werfels Roman Verdi und ihre Bedeutung fiir die deutsche Verdi-Renaissance der 1920er Jahre – Andrzej Tuchowski, Socio-Political, Ideological and Aesthetical Contexts of the Reception of Verdi’s Oeuvre in Poland in the 19th Century – Rosamund Bartlett, Verdi and the Revolution in Russian Theatre – George W. Martin, The Reception of Verdi’s Operas in the United States

Legacy and études de cas:

Massimiliano Locanto, Obiter dicta: l’immagine di Verdi negli scritti di Stravinskij – Ben Earle, Verdi, Dallapiccola and Operatic ‘Gesture’: Ottocento Practice in Il prigioniero – Simone Ciolfi, Convergenze tra analisi e composizione in Luigi Dallapiccola – Ralph P. Locke, Oltre l’esotico: l’orientalismo di Aida – Michela Niccolai, « Une mise en scène ingénieusement élégante »: Albert Carré et La traviata a l’Opéra-Comique (12 février 1903) – Claudia Polo, Stanza degli specchi o dell’eco? Verdi generazione YouTube


Verdi Reception provides a handy and coherent summary of the state of modern European scholarship on Verdi’s reception and influence in Europe (…). Further, the volume is stimulating both as a piece of finished research, and in its implications for future work, with its fusion of a diverse range of methodological approaches across musicology and cultural studies. Verdi Reception has much to offer readers interested in cultural and musicological approaches to nineteenth-century opera, in Verdi’s reception and legacy, and in the reception of artworks across cultural boundaries.” (Matthew Franke, in: Make: A Literary Magazine, August 5, 2014,