Event Title

“Oh, come è bello e morbido!”: Exposing the Strangeness of Puccini’s La Boheme

Location

Science Center, A262

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-24-2015 1:30 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 2:30 PM

Abstract

For the past century, Puccini’s La Boheme has existed comfortably in the popular operatic repertoire as a love story of tragic loss. In my project, I take a critical look at the elements that surround La Boheme—its source novel, the opera itself, and its place in operatic history—to destabilize this pervasive understanding of the opera as a narrative of naive romance and youthful friendship. In doing so, I further explore the strangeness of this ever-popular opera by analyzing its nonconformity to the conventions of the Italian operatic repertoire and the verismo genre.

Notes

Session 1, Panel 7 - Generative Cases: New Considerations of Puccini, Lewis Carroll, and J.M. Coetzee
Moderator: James O’Leary, Assistant Professor of Musicology

Link to full text thesis at OhioLINK ETD Center:
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=oberlin1431529204

Major

Comparative Literature

Advisor(s)

Ellen Sayles, Office of the Dean of Studies

Project Mentor(s)

Jed Deppman, Comparative Literature
James O’Leary, Musicology

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Apr 24th, 1:30 PM Apr 24th, 2:30 PM

“Oh, come è bello e morbido!”: Exposing the Strangeness of Puccini’s La Boheme

Science Center, A262

For the past century, Puccini’s La Boheme has existed comfortably in the popular operatic repertoire as a love story of tragic loss. In my project, I take a critical look at the elements that surround La Boheme—its source novel, the opera itself, and its place in operatic history—to destabilize this pervasive understanding of the opera as a narrative of naive romance and youthful friendship. In doing so, I further explore the strangeness of this ever-popular opera by analyzing its nonconformity to the conventions of the Italian operatic repertoire and the verismo genre.