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Monteverdi's Last Operas: A Venetian Trilogy

Ellen Rosand


Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) was the first important composer of opera. This study examines his celebrated final works—Il ritorno d'Ulisse (1640) and L'incoronazione di Poppea (1642)—from a new perspective. The author considers these works as not merely a pair but constituents of a trio, a Venetian trilogy that, she argues, properly includes a third opera, Le nozze d'Enea (1641). Although its music has not survived, its chronological placement between the other two operas opens new prospects for better understanding all three, both in their specifically Venetian context and as the creations ... More

Keywords: final works, Venetian context, manuscript sources, printed sources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520249349
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Rosand, author