Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2013.
Book — xiii, 304 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Introduction : comedy in an age of tragedy
Opera buffa in
1832 : Il nuovo Figaro and L'elisir d'amore
The Ricci supremacy and the celebration of Italian comedy : Un'avventura di Scaramuccia (1834)
Old librettos revisited : Gaetano Rossi and Luigi Ricci's Le nozze di Figaro (1838) and other remakes
Genre in Donizetti's Don Pasquale (1843)
Genre in Giovanni Peruzzini and Lauro Rossi"s Il borgomastro di Schiedam (1844)
"Evviva la Francia"? Nationality, censorship, and Donizetti's La figlia del reggimento (1840)
Conclusion : the Ricci legacy, Crispino e la comare (1850), and post-1848 Opera buffa.
This study represents the first substantial assessment of Italian comic operas composed during the central years of the Risorgimento -- the period during which upheavals, revolutions, and wars ultimately led to the liberation and unification of Italy. Music historians often view the period as one during which serious Romantic opera flourished in Italy while opera buffa inexorably declined. Laughter between Two Revolutions revises this widespread notion by viewing well-known comic masterpieces -- such as Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (1832) and Don Pasquale (1843) -- as part of a still-thriving tradition. Also examined are opere buffe by Luigi Ricci, Lauro Rossi, Verdi (Un giorno di regno), and others, many of which circulated widely at the time. Francesco Izzo's pathbreaking study argues that in the "realm of seriousness" of mid-nineteenth-century Italy, comedy was not an anachronistic intruder, but a significant and vital cultural presence. This important volume offers new insights into opera history and theories of comedy in the arts. It will be of interest to opera lovers everywhere and to students in music, philosophy, comparative literature, and Italian cultural studies. Francesco Izzo is senior lecturer in music at the University of Southampton. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781580462938 20160619