Goldoni as Librettist

Theatrical Reform and the "drammi giocosi per musica</I>

by Ted Emery (Author)
©1991 Others XXX, 240 Pages
Series: Studies in Italian Culture , Volume 3


Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) is widely recognized as one of Italy's finest playwrights, but his production for the operatic theatre is much less well known. While musicologists have established the importance of Goldoni's innovations in the form of the comic libretto, literary scholars have tended to see the drammi giocosi as at best a pale reflection of the plays, and at worst a distortion of the «real» Goldoni.
In Goldoni as Librettist, Emery traces the complex web of relationships between plays and libretti, illustrating the ways in which the author used his operas to prepare for the comedies, or to experiment with themes to which the plays were closed. This reading of Goldoni's operatic texts not only confirms their status as a form of literary activity, but also allows us to more fully understand Goldoni's development as a playwright.


XXX, 240
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1991. XXX, 240 pp.

Biographical notes

Ted Emery (Author)

The author: A specialist in Italian literature of the eighteenth century. Ted Emery received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1985, and has since published articles on Goldoni, Chiari, and Gozzi in Studi goldoniani, Italica, Italian Quarterly, and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. With Albert Bermel, he has translated and edited Five Tales for the Theatre by Carlo Gozzi. Emery has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, and a Mellon Presidential Fellowship for junior faculty at New York University, where he is assistant professor of Italian.


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