Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS OF PUCCINI’S LA BOHÈME
Author(s):De Athos-Meers, Saundra
Advisor(s):Associate Professor Katherine Syer
Contributor(s):Professor Sylvia Stone; Assistant Professor Aaron Johnson; Associate Professor Yvonne Gonzales-Redman
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Puccin
La
Boheme
Athos-Meers
Franco
Zeffirelli
Baz
Luhrmann
Abstract:Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera La bohème remains one of the most well-‐‐known, beloved and oft-‐‐performed operas in the operatic repertoire. In this essay, I explore the various ways that revisionist directors interpret the opera by focusing on productions by Franco Zeffirelli, Baz Luhrmann, Andrea Moses, and Stefan Herheim. Revisionist stage direction and scenography are not recent developments, but reflect a probing interest in the full dramatic realization of an opera. Novelty in programming in the second half of the twentieth century often meant unearthing little known pre-‐‐existing works, or fresh approaches to well-‐‐known repertoire. Modern video and digital technologies have meanwhile brought renewed attention to the visual components of opera production. At the same time, sustained interest in the development and composition of new and sometimes highly experimental operas is correcting decades of a relatively stagnant repertoire pool. As a result, staple repertoire like La bohème and other works from the long nineteenth century no longer draw full houses unless they offer exceptional production value and articulate meaningfully their modern relevance. This study examines a cross-‐‐section of different approaches four directors have taken in order to connect Puccini’s popular opera with audiences in recent years.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:De Athos-Meers, Saundra. CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS OF PUCCINI’S LA BOHÈME. Scholarly essay submitted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, School of Music, 2016.
Genre:Essay
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90206
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-27


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