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Narrative and performative modalities in the Swedish opera-in-the-round Dreaming about Thérèse
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology.
2014 (English)In: Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, ISSN 0081-9816, STM-SJM, ISSN 2002-021X, Vol. 96, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish opera Drömmen om Thérèse (Dreaming about Thérèse) attracted national and international attention in the 1960s for its inventive approaches as an opera-in-the- round. Although this staging influenced the music’s functions, so far the music of this opera has been evaluated in accordance with the hegemony of narrative opera. Drömmen om Thérèse, however, offers an example of a contemporary fascination with exploring the spaces between borders, for instance, high versus popular culture and event performance versus recording. This article shows how the performative level of music in opera here acquires a particular quality through the incorporation of the devices of pluralism of styles, music in space and instrumental theatre. Rather than intoxication, the narrative- disrupting effect consists of a theatrical alienation. A relationship between performance and audience based on intimacy, equality, and reflection contributes to this effect.

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2014. Vol. 96, no 2
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opera, narrativity, performativity, Werle
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111075OAI: diva2:774120
Barocken som estetik och experiment i opera efter 1960. Lars Johan Werles musikdramatiska produktion analyserad och tolkad utifrån begreppet performativitet
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2015-10-30Bibliographically approved

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