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At the margins of the televisual: picture frames, loops and ‘cinematics’ in the paratexts of opera videos

Cenciarelli, Carlo 2013. At the margins of the televisual: picture frames, loops and ‘cinematics’ in the paratexts of opera videos. Cambridge Opera Journal 25 (2) , pp. 203-223. 10.1017/S0954586713000074

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Abstract

This article focuses on the paratexts of opera DVDs as a route into the status and cultural placement of opera videos in contemporary visual culture. In particular, it analyses the picture covers, menus and openings credits of four productions of Verdi's Don Carlo, arguing that, although the videos fall within the broader discourse of the ‘televisual’ (a discourse that encourages the viewer to conceive the image as a transparent document of the performance on-stage), these paratexts put forward alternative ways of conceiving the relationship between medium and subject matter, imagining opera's materials, however briefly, in terms of narrative cinema and music video, video games and computer loops.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0954-5867
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/76881

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