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|Title: ||'Beve, beve con me': An Operatic Brindisi-For and to Gian-Paolo Biasin|
|Authors: ||Hutcheon, Linda|
|Keywords: ||Italian literature|
role of drinking song
|Issue Date: ||1999|
|Publisher: ||Center for Italian Studies.
State University of New York at Stony Brook|
|Citation: ||Hutcheon, Linda; Hutcheon, Michael.""Beve, beve con me": an operatic brindisi." Forum Italicum 33.1 (1999): 73-93.|
|Abstract: ||When Richard Wagner wrote disparagingly of Gioacchino Rossini's
"narcotic-drunken melody," he was questioning the composer's seriousness
by reducing his music to intoxication, that is, to excess and virtuosity.
But Herbert Lindenberger has pointed out that all opera is extravagant
- larger than life, addictive, excessive (Opera in History 76, 271; Opera).
In other words, moderation is not opera's reigning mode; on the contrary,
excess is. One form of excess - the drinking of alcohol - has a prominant
place in opera in general and Italian opera in particular (as our title from
Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito's Otello is meant to suggest). Yet, from
Hippocrates and the Bible to the present, we have all been advised that, in
life, moderation - not excess - is the ideal.2 Because worries about disinhibition
have always been strong, drinking became carefully regulated.
Whenever a character drinks on stage, this act is a sign with multiple possible
meanings. Yet, in Italian (as in other) cultures, drinking is a highly
coded activity: there are certain socially acceptable codes of behavior governing
drink, so that the questions of "who? what? where? when? and
why?" are all relevant. When these codes are broken, the transgression is
significant and meaningful.|
|Description: ||'Beve, beve con me': An Operatic Brindisi-For and to Gian-Paolo Biasin|
|Appears in Collections:||Hutcheon, Linda|
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