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Mikhail Glinka and His Debt to Italian Opera

By R.M. Helmers


Although it has often been claimed that Mikhail Glinka’s operas 'A Life for the Tsar' (1836) and 'Ruslan and Lyudmila' (1842) are Italianate, scholars have shown little inclination to investigate the Italian influences on his work in detail. \ud This thesis aims to elucidate Glinka's relationship with contemporary Italian opera and place his national work firmly in a cosmopolitan European context, by discussing the available biographical and contextual information and comparing his operas with the conventions of 'primo ottocento' opera and specific features of works by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini

Topics: Letteren, Mikhail Glinka, opera, Russia, nationalism
Year: 2007
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