Mad scenes in early 19th‐century opera

  title={Mad scenes in early 19th‐century opera},
  author={Andreas Erfurth and Peter Benedict Hoff},
  journal={Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica},
Objective: It is our objective to examine the phenomenon of mad scenes in bel canto opera from a modern perspective. 
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