Thesis / Dissertation

Investigating Mrs. Nolan: an exploration of G. C. Menotti's opera The Medium from a performer's perspective

Kerrie Ann Bolton, Vincs Robert (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide an insight into the preparation of a minor role for performance, specifically that of Mrs Nolan from Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium, whilst also hoping to demonstrate that small roles both benefit from and are deserving of thorough research. This study offers contextual information on the composer, with regard to his personal and musical influences, and an outline of the synopsis and background of the opera in question. It also investigates the social, cultural and musical climate in which The Medium was written with the intention of deepening understanding of Menotti’s compositional style, with specific regard to the musical and dramatic choi..

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