Recognition in Mozart's Operas.

The plots and themes of Mozart's operas are as rich and complex as those in Shakespearean plays. Many of the operas - including "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi fan Tutte"--Have baffled scholars and critics because they do not fit neatly into the genres of "comedy" or &quo...

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520 |a The plots and themes of Mozart's operas are as rich and complex as those in Shakespearean plays. Many of the operas - including "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi fan Tutte"--Have baffled scholars and critics because they do not fit neatly into the genres of "comedy" or "tragedy." In "Recognition in Mozart's Operas", Jessica Waldoff approaches these works as a literary critic would, attempting to illuminate the trickier operas through a close reading of key scenes. Waldoff argues that rather than offering the simple happy endings or tragic climaxes of "easier" operas, many of Mozart's works feature scenes of recognition-moments in which a protagonist has an important revelation that changes the course of the drama. Drawing on Aristotle's "Poetics", the works of contemporary critics, such as Terence Cave, and her own reflections on the operas, Waldoff provides a critical account of Mozart's recognition scenes. In doing so, she finds unexplored themes of knowledge and discovery that figure prominently in many of the operas. The discussion of these themes also allows Waldoff to contextualize the operas within a culture that was obsessed with the idea of discovery or "Enlightenment."; "Recognition in Mozart's Operas" is a thoughtful and insightful treatise that uses both literary and musicological methods to illuminate some of Mozart's best-loved operas. 
505 0 |a Operatic enlightenment in Die Zauberflöte -- Recognition scenes in theory and practice -- Reading opera for the plot -- Sentimental knowledge in La finta giardiniera -- Recognition denied in Don Giovanni -- Sense and sensibility in Cosi fan tutte -- Fiordiligi : a woman of feeling -- The sense of the ending in La clemenza di Tito. 
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