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Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle Hardcover – September 15, 2000

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Winner of the 2001 De la Torre Bueno Prize for Most Distinguished Book in Dance Scholarship, Dance Perspectives Foundation (New York)


"To readers interested in the evolution of opera and ballet performance practice, Smith's meticulously documented study offers a chance to see many familiar works in a new and surprising light."--M. Lignana Rosenberg, Opera News



"Marian Smith's book is a swift and easy read, fully researched, informative, genuinely insightful about her subject. Definitely one for the bookshelf."--David Blewitt, Opera Now

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"Now that opera studies have finally recognized the importance of the visual, a book that reveals the web of reciprocities that existed between ballet and opera during a particularly lively period in the history of both will undoubtedly find a wide readership. The information, presented here through judicious examples chosen from both repertoires, is utterly fascinating and brand new."--Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Cornell University

"An informative and enjoyable read for both scholars and nonspecialists, whether in dance or in opera. Marian Smith's views are refreshingly new and show unknown facets of the Romantic ballet, discussed with admirable accuracy. Works that survived only as exotic or mysterious titles in dance history manuals thus regain their long lost identities and their historical significance. Those who work in the field of dance reconstruction will especially benefit from this book."--Giannandrea Poesio, University of Surrey

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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Studies in Opera
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691049947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691049946
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,291,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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