Scenography in the First Decades of Opera

Authored by: Evan Baker

The Routledge Companion to Scenography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138917804
eBook ISBN: 9781315688817
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781317422266.ch25

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Abstract

Stage design as an independent component of operatic production began in the first decades of the seventeenth century. The festivals of the preceding era in the great towns of Florence and Rome as well as in smaller towns presented splendid opportunities for great artists – particularly Bernardo Buontalenti and the father/son team of Alfonso and Giulio Parigi – to create designs for grand spectacles of horse ballets, naval battles, celestial scenes, appearances of deities, and especially devils and demons, many set to voice and music as precursors to opera.

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