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- DescriptionMozart's Magic Flute, a rich but problematic work, is complicated by discontinuities of plot, tone, and theme that disturb its surface appearance as a serene synthesis of Enlightenment ideals. This study, an essay in a dramaturgical opera criticism, explores how this eccentric masterpiece, haunted by the decline of the progressive reforms of Joseph II, uses the images of the marginalized popular theater of suburban Vienna to express a fundamental anxiety of its time (and, by inheritance, ours): the clash of a pre-capitalist, pre-industrial social morality with a modern ethic of rationalized self-interest. This anxiety divides The Magic Flute, the Viennese social imagination, and the entire Mozart opera can between the fascination of the newly emergent self and a compensatory desire for an idealized, spontaneous, but almost unrepresentable social order.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Michael Evenden is Associate Professor and Chair of Theater Studies at Emory University, and resident dramaturg of Theater Emory, the university's resident professional theater. He has taught in opera programs at the Yale School of Music and Brigham Young University, and in theater programs at Cornell University and elsewhere; professional theater collaborations have involved him with the Yale Repertory Theater, the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, and the Seattle Repertory. He holds a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.
- Author(s)Michael Evenden
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/04/1999
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Series TitlePittsburgh Studies in Theatre and Culture
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1999
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight530 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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