The Nurse in History and Opera: From Servant to Sister

Author:   Judith Barger
Publisher:   Lexington Books
ISBN:  

9781666957341


Pages:   258
Publication Date:   15 May 2024
Format:   Hardback
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The Nurse in History and Opera: From Servant to Sister


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From Scarabea, Artusa’s old nurse in Francesco Mannelli’s La Maga Fuminata (1638 Venice) through the Canadian nursing sisters in Stephanie Martin’s Llandovery Castle (2018 Toronto), over one hundred nurse characters appear in opera roles ranging from silent cast extra to principal singer. The Nurse in History and Opera: From Servant to Sister explores that role over the span of opera’s existence. Judith Barger examines the nurse character in opera within the sociohistorical context of her real-life counterparts off stage; the progression of the nurse from servant to sister, both inside and outside the opera house, is a commentary on how society has viewed its women. The book then discusses textual and musical interactions between opera’s nurses and other characters with attention to what the nurse’s role contributes to opera in six categories identified as common to opera’s nurses – Comic, Former, Knowledgeable, Motherly, Scheming, and Specialized. When viewed through the lens of social history, opera’s nurse characters merit attention for the glimpse that they offer of a unique musical and dramatic journey from servant to sister, and for the commentary that they offer on women’s perceived place and status not only on the opera stage, but in society as well.

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Author:   Judith Barger
Publisher:   Lexington Books
Imprint:   Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 23.70cm
Weight:   0.594kg
ISBN:  

9781666957341


ISBN 10:   1666957348
Pages:   258
Publication Date:   15 May 2024
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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An astonishing number of operas have characters who are or were nurses, ranging from the comic connivers of early operas to professionally trained caregivers in modern ones. Judy Barger traces this fascinating history, showing how these characters affect those around them and reflect the changing social functions nurses have served over the last four centuries. --J. Peter Burkholder, lead author of A History of Western Music Everyone knows a few prominent nurses in opera--in Die Frau ohne Schatten or L'Incoronazione di Poppea, for example--but this book demonstrates that the character is far more prevalent than we imagine. Drawing on meticulous research on both fictional nurses and nurses in real life, Barger offers a rich and fascinating study of an often-overlooked character. --Christina Fuhrmann, Baldwin Wallace University


Everyone knows a few prominent nurses in opera--in Die Frau ohne Schatten or L'Incoronazione di Poppea, for example--but this book demonstrates that the character is far more prevalent than we imagine. Drawing on meticulous research on both fictional nurses and nurses in real life, Barger offers a rich and fascinating study of an often-overlooked character. --Christina Fuhrmann, Baldwin Wallace University


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Judith Barger is independent scholar who holds a PhD in musicology from Indiana University and a PhD in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin.

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