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From Madrigal to Opera: Monteverdi's Staging of the Self

Mauro Calcagno


This pathbreaking study links two traditionally separate genres as their stars crossed to explore the emergence of multiple selves in early modern Italian culture and society. Calcagno focuses on the works of Claudio Monteverdi, a master of both genres, to investigate how they reflect changing ideas about performance and role-playing by singers. The author traces the roots of dialogic subjectivity to Petrarch's love poetry, arguing that Petrarchism exerted a powerful influence, not only on late Renaissance literature and art, but also on music. Covering more than a century of music and cultura ... More

Keywords: opera, madrigal, Renaissance music, Baroque music, Petrarch, Petrarchism, performance studies, Italian studies, Claudio Monteverdi, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267688
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mauro Calcagno, editor