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Monteverdi's Last OperasA Venetian Trilogy$
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Ellen Rosand

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249349

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249349.001.0001

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Orpheus in Venice

Orpheus in Venice

(p.1) 1 Orpheus in Venice
Monteverdi's Last Operas

Ellen Rosand

University of California Press

This chapter serves as a prologue that introduces the cast of characters and describes the setting. Claudio Monteverdi has long been celebrated as the first great composer of opera; he was acknowledged as such during his lifetime. The chapter argues that a particular dramatic vision links Ritorno and Incoronazione to one another and to Nozze. This ghost opera joins with the two survivors to form a coherent body of works that attests to Monteverdi's position within the world of Venetian opera as a whole. One of the most distinctive aspects of Monteverdi's three Venetian operas is that their librettos are known to have been written specifically for him, as part of an effort to lure him back to the musical theater.

Keywords:   Claudio Monteverdi, opera, Venice, Ritorno, Venetian trilogy, Incoronazione

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