Is The Marriage of Figaro
just approximately Figaro? Is Don Giovanni’s tale the single one—or even the main fascinating one—in the opera that bears his identify? For generations of critics, historians, and administrators, it’s Mozart’s males who've mattered so much. Too usually, the feminine characters were understood from the male protagonist’s viewpoint or just lowered on level (and in print) to paper cutouts from the age of the powdered wig and the tightly cinched corset. It’s time to provide Mozart’s women—and Mozart’s multi-dimensional portrayals of female character—their due. during this vigorous booklet, Kristi Brown-Montesano bargains a close exploration of the feminine roles in Mozart’s 4 most often played operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte,
and Die Zauberflöte.
every one bankruptcy takes a detailed examine the track, libretto textual content, literary assets, and old components that supply form to a personality, re-evaluating universal assumptions and featuring clean interpretations.
Brown-Montesano perspectives every one personality because the topic of a narrative, no longer in basic terms the thing of a hero’s narrative or the inventory determine of conference. From amiable Zerlina, to the amazing Queen of the evening, to calculating Despina, all of Mozart’s girls have whatever distinctive to assert. those readings additionally take on provocative social, political, and cultural matters, that are utilized in the operas to outline optimistic and unfavorable photographs of femininity: revenge, strength, seduction, resistance, autonomy, sacrifice, faithfulness, classification, maternity, and sisterhood. Keenly conscious of the historic hole among the origins of those works and modern tradition, Brown-Montesano discusses how attitudes approximately such concepts—past and current—influence our appreciation of those interesting representations of women.