opera

Death and the Diva: Gothic Prima Donnas Thumbnail

Death and the Diva: Gothic Prima Donnas

Posted by Dorota Babilas on November 27, 2011 in Dr Dorota Babilas, Guest Blog tagged with , ,

The figure of a diva has such wonderfully Gothic potential. They are unpredictable, larger than life creatures, at the same time alluring and threatening, sometimes grotesque, and occasionally aspiring to immortality.

The Devil at the Ball: Gothic individualism in Don Giovanni, Faust, and The Phantom of the Opera (Part 2) Thumbnail

The Devil at the Ball: Gothic individualism in Don Giovanni, Faust, and The Phantom of the Opera (Part 2)

Posted by Dorota Babilas on November 19, 2011 in Dr Dorota Babilas, Guest Blog tagged with , ,

In classical mythology, the god of the Underworld was not identified as evil. As Walter Pater notes, Greek art viewed ‘Aidoneus [i.e. Hades] himself ... as but a gentler Zeus, a great innkeeper’ and Homer called him by the name of Polydegmon, that is He Who Receives Many Guests.

‘My Don Juan burns; and yet he is not struck by fire from Heaven’: Gothic individualism in Don Giovanni, Faust, and The Phantom of the Opera (Part 1) Thumbnail

‘My Don Juan burns; and yet he is not struck by fire from Heaven’: Gothic individualism in Don Giovanni, Faust, and The Phantom of the Opera (Part 1)

Posted by Dorota Babilas on November 09, 2011 in Dr Dorota Babilas, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

Søren Kierkegaard, and many others after him, believed that the rationale of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1787) was not the thirst for carnal pleasure, but for transcendence and immortality – and this spiritual pursuit, in the philosopher’s opinion, eventually reflected beyond the diegetic world of the opera onto the composer himself, making him ‘truly classic and immortal’

The Phantom’s Silver Jubilee Thumbnail

The Phantom’s Silver Jubilee

Posted by Dorota Babilas on November 02, 2011 in Dr Dorota Babilas, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

Posters featuring a silver-hued mask announced the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera to be celebrated by a special gala staging at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2nd October this year. Jubilees inevitably inspire generalizations and recapitulations.

Diane Long Hoeveler, Gothic Riffs: Secularizing the Uncanny in the European Imaginary, 1780-1820 Thumbnail

Diane Long Hoeveler, Gothic Riffs: Secularizing the Uncanny in the European Imaginary, 1780-1820

Posted by Steven Craig on February 16, 2011 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

Diane Long Hoeveler's new monograph comes during a fruitful period for scholars of the so-called 'first wave' of Gothic writing.