‘La cantante delle passioni’: Giuditta Pasta and the idea of operatic performance

  title={‘La cantante delle passioni’: Giuditta Pasta and the idea of operatic performance},
  author={Susan Rutherford},
  journal={Cambridge Opera Journal},
  pages={107 - 138}
ABSTRACT This essay explores the artistry of the nineteenth-century Italian singer Giuditta Pasta within the broad context of an ‘artwork’ (Goehr) and ideas of ‘presence’ (Gumbrecht). Pasta was the acknowledged diva del mondo during the 1820s, famed not only for an extraordinary if flawed voice, but also for the physicality of her performance modes. Her innovative practices contributed to the development and reconceptualisation of opera’s dramatic potential on the early Romantic stage. Making… 
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