Performance practice of Jody Nagel's opera Fifty-third Street : world premiere performance at Ball State University

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dc.contributor.advisor Zhong, Mei en_US Huntington, Tammie M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:27:08Z 2011-06-03T19:27:08Z 2008 en_US 2008
dc.identifier LD2489.Z62 2008 .H86 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to provide an analysis of the major arias and ensembles of Jody Nagel's Fifty-Third Street for performance practice, drawing upon a case study of the premiere. The opera Fifty-Third Street was composed in 1992 by Nagel for his dissertation project at the University of Texas at Austin. The librettist is Seth Wolitz, then a University of Texas faculty member. The opera examines the lives of two homeless men on 53rd Street in New York City, between 5th and 6th Streets, and the reactions toward them from various facets of society, including the church, art institutions, businesses and tourists. The opera was premiered at Sursa Performance Hall on the campus of Ball State University on April 12, 2007 with a subsequent performance on April 15, 2007.Both the piano/vocal score and the chamber orchestra score from the premiere have been examined in the analysis of the opera, in addition to the original treatise by Jody Nagel. The analysis is conducted from a performer's perspective and examines vocal aspects, including potential technical challenges, range and tessitura; musical aspects, including formal analysis, tonality, melody, harmony and rhythm in relation to the text; drama and staging, and character motivation for each of the major arias and ensembles. Suggestions are offered for practice and performance based upon the analysis and informal interviews with the composer, conductor, directors, cast and crew of the premiere performance. Appendices include scene charts, costume lists, lighting and projection cues, original set and publicity materials, and a DVD recording of the world premiere performance.Many composers throughout the centuries have used opera as a way to comment on the world in which they lived and to challenge the status quo: Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro; Verdi, Un ballo in maschera; Berg, Wozzek; Britten, Peter Grimes. Jody Nagel has continued this tradition in a way that is powerful and compelling. Future directors will discover that Fifty-Third Street offers an invaluable tool for the musical development of students and professionals, for the growth of the American opera repertory, and for challenging the American way of life. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.format.extent xi, 212 leaves : ill., music ; 28 cm. + 1 DVD videodisc (4 3/4 in.) + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.). en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Operas -- First performances -- Indiana -- Muncie. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Opera -- Production and direction. en_US
dc.subject.other Nagel, Jody, 1960- Fifty-third street. en_US
dc.title Performance practice of Jody Nagel's opera Fifty-third Street : world premiere performance at Ball State University en_US
dc.title.alternative 53rd Street en_US
dc.description.notes Title of accompanying discs: 53rd street : the opera. Thesis (D.A.) en_US
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    Doctoral dissertations submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University doctoral candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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