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Svoboda: Wagner
Joseph Svoboda's Scenography for Richard Wagner's Operas
Jarka Burian

Available only as an ebook.

Wesleyan Open Books

1983 • 128 pp. 83 b&w illus., 17 color plates 8 1/2 x 9"
Theater & Performing Arts / Design / Opera

$0.00 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7786-3

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Svoboda: Wagner describes the encounter of one of the world’s foremost stage designers-Josef Svoboda (1920-2002) -with the operas of Richard Wagner, regarded by many as the greatest opera composer. This extension of the book, The Scenography of Josef Svoboda provides a more detailed look into one single production. Based on his extended acquaintance with Svoboda and his work, on personal interviews, and access to Svoboda’s archives, Jarka Burian provides a thorough, factually centered and illustrated account of Svoboda’s approach to a production and of his scenographic methods. The analysis goes beyond scene design to a more complex art that includes consideration of stage and theatre space, lighting, sound, the architecture of scenery, and the interaction of these elements with the actors’ performances and with Wagner’s music. Svoboda: Wagner reveals the inner workings of one contemporary scenographer’ s designs for some of the landmarks of lyric theatre. This is a book of interest to any scenographer or stage designer at any level.

JARKA BURIAN is a professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany.

An NEH / Mellon Humanities Open Book Grant Recipient


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