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The Symbol of the Heart in The Floating Opera - The Symbol of the Heart in The Floating Opera     The heart is the dominant symbol in The Floating Opera, more important even than the symbol of the showboat of the novel's title. From beginning to end the book is richly populated by references to the heart on both a literal, physical level, and a figurative, symbolic one. In the first case, literal references are made to Todd's heart condition. In the second case, the heart plays two symbolic roles; not only does it serve as a symbol of Todd's emotional and non-rational side, but the frailty of Todd's heart serves as a correlative for the fragility of all human life....   [tags: Floating Opera Essays] 1088 words
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Writing Against Death in The Floating Opera - Writing Against Death in The Floating Opera          In the opening chapter of The Floating Opera, Todd Andrews makes an observation that storytelling is not his cup of tea, because digressions are impossible to contain, and that makes it hard for him to concentrate on a particular line of narration; every image he creates breeds other images, words bring about other words, there being no end to "new figures and new chases" (Barth 2). This remark suggests that Todd's existence is, indeed, confined to the reality he forges by telling his tale; this fictitious reality regenerates itself....   [tags: Floating Opera Essays]
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The Peking Opera - Chinese Opera is one of the “three oldest dramatic art forms in the world” (travelchinaguide), along with “Greece tragic-comedy and Indian Sanskrit” (travelchinaguide). From Chinese Opera comes many forms of opera, over 300 types (travelchinaguide), but the most well know would be the Peking Opera. The Peking Opera is known by many names, like “Eastern Opera” (ebeijing), and “jingqiang” (Xu), but the most common name in the Western world is the “Beijing Opera” (Wertz). Peking Opera is over 200 years old (Wertz).It started in approximately “1790, when four opera troupes from the province of Anhui came to Beijing to perform on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the emperor, Qianlong” (HISTOR...   [tags: Beijing Opera]
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Evolution of Opera: Greek Drama to Baroque Opera - Donald Grout defines opera in his text, A Short History of Opera, as “a drama in music: a dramatic action, exhibited on stage with scenery by actors in costume, the words conveyed entirely or for the most part by singing, and the whole sustained and amplified by orchestral music” (4). A literal translation of the word opera is simply work, and although the term opera was not coined until 1634, one of the first known operas was performed in 1597 (Grout 1). Grout explains that there are two types of opera....   [tags: A Short History of Opera, Greek Drama]
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The Sydney Opera House - ... The interior surfaces consist of off-form concrete. Other surfaces are Australian white birch plywood and brush box glulam (Sydney Opera House Exterior). Overall, the building hosts 6 different venues. The Opera Theatre and the Concert Hall are built inside the two largest sets of shells. The shells are designed in a way that goes with the interiors' height requirements, which rise from the entry points to the stage towers. The Concert Hall is designed for acoustic stage performances because of its white birch timber material, brush box glulam finishes, and high vaulted ceilings, and can seat 2,679 people and offers stage extensions for performances that need more stage depth....   [tags: modern architecture, ballet, opera] 1430 words
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The Fantastical Elements of Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera - The Fantastical Elements of Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera      In Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera fantastic literature is displayed at its best. Originally published in 1911, this French writer produced one of the most famous novels in French history. Created into a play and a musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this story has touched millions. However, this transition from a novel to a theatrical performance has caused much of the story to be left out of the production. When viewed in its entirety, the novel exhibits many fantastical elements....   [tags: Phantom Opera Essays]
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Archetypal Characters and Symbols in The Phantom of the Opera - Archetypal Characters and Symbols in The Phantom of the Opera          The story of The Phantom of the Opera appeals to many types of personalities and people of all ages because of its archetypal characters and patterns.  Carl Jung theorized that we are born with innate tendencies to perceive things a certain way:  "a kind of readiness to reproduce over and over again the same or similar mythical ideas . . ."1.  These repeated ideas are archetypes.  The basic legend of The Phantom takes place in 19th century Paris, and is that of a young and talented, but untrained singer named Christine.  Erik, the Phantom, is a disfigured genius of many fields, including music, architecture, magic, and...   [tags: Phantom Opera Essays]
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Evaluation of Women and Desire in The Beggar's Opera - Evaluation of Women and Desire in The Beggar's Opera Though set in the underworld of thievery, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera codifies a set of Marxist sexual politics in which marriage stands as the great equalizer of desire and power. An often aphoristic overview of the traditional power struggle between men and women frames a world in which marriage reduces the wooer's desire but raises his power by an equal degree through ownership as a husband. This commodity fetishism of the wife spurs, in turn, the external desire of potential suitors, restoring equilibrium to the scales of eros....   [tags: John Gay Beggar Opera Papers]
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Modernist Opera - Modernist Opera Modernism, a major artistic movement of the first half of the twentieth century, is traditionally a classification of the visual arts, including such schools as Abstraction, Impressionism, and Expressionism. In architecture, too, was Modernism recognized, in the work of people like Frank Lloyd Wright. Even in literature, with the increasing use of symbolism, Modernism was an influence. Modernists in all of these art forms are consciously engaged in the expansion of the boundaries of their art, and in asking their audiences to reject the status quo, both of the art and of some aspect of society or culture the art form addresses....   [tags: Modernism Music Art Opera Essays]
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The Phantom of the Opera - The Phantom of the Opera directed by Joel Schumacher is the 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical of the same name. The Phantom of the Opera stars Gerard Butler as the Phantom, Emmy Rossum as Christine Daaé, and Patrick Wilson as Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, who are embroiled in a love triangle. The film was met with generally mixed and negative reviews: Schumacher’s use of mise-en-scène, cinematography and editing, as well as symbolism contributes to the production of The Phantom of the Opera....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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The Phantom of the Opera - The Phantom of the Opera is a novel written by Gaston Leroux. The novel takes place in Paris. The exact time is unknown but would be around 1910. The reviews from the critics are very different. Although Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera has not generally been highly commended by critics, many would agree that there are several elements that prove Leroux to be a talented writer. One of the strongest elements in the novel is the narrator's voice. The narrator is on a quest, starting out with the question of whether the opera ghost was real and is trying to find evidence in order to reach a conclusion....   [tags: Literature]
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The Phantom of the Opera - The Phantom of the Opera is known as the most successful musical in history, but its age most clearly shows through some of the themes it displays. Most noticeable to me, is the fact that The Phantom of the Opera conforms to and supports traditional gender roles. This becomes evident after analyzing the characters and their interactions during the 25th anniversary production in London. As a whole, The Phantom of the Opera suggests that the ideal man is authoritative, powerful, decisive, and jealous, while the ideal woman is feminine, indecisive, and naïve....   [tags: gender roles, gender normative roles]
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The Floating Man - I wanted to catch up with him; I needed to catch up with him. Something inside me compelled me to follow him, even though I doubted the possibility of catching him. It was dark; the corridors were clear, and after 'lights out'. It was so dark I could only just about see him. He wore a hat, a formal top hat; he had a long dark coloured overcoat and carried a large business suitcase. Weak rays of light penetrated the shutters and caught the back of his heels. I could see he wore very expensive shoes, heavily polished....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 609 words
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The History and Future of Opera -   On October 12th, I saw Tosca by Giacomo Puccini held at Atlanta Opera. Tosca is an Italian opera, directed by Tomer Zvulun, accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Arthur Fagen, included a cast of Kara Shay Thomson, Massimiliano Pisapia, and Luis Ledesma (The Atlanta Opera). Opera is an art form in which singers act out drama through a combination of acting and vocal performance. Singers deliver conversation in a musical manner, essentially singing the conversation. Since we recently learned about opera in class, I want to explore the future of opera - where it will go next with the ever advancing modern technology, media and entertainment, and what researches are currently being done at...   [tags: music genres, personal reflections] 955 words
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The Life of Amazing Opera Singers - The Life of amazing Opera Singers Opera originated in Italy in the early 1500’s. It gained popularity in the Baroque period when people began experimenting new and different sounds with their voices. Opera is very dramatic work and you must have a really great voice to be considered as an Opera singer. Operas are usually performed in Opera houses and are accompanied by different instruments/ orchestra. It started off in Italy and soon became used all over the world. In the 1800s, Italian Opera soon began to take over all of Europe....   [tags: Beverly Sill, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey]
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Opera in the Nineteenth Century - How would feel if you were in the La Scala opera house, listening to a Vincenzo Bellini operas. Would it be warm felt or just would be nice to be there. To know that there is people out there that can sing with the power and flexibility that they can do. Vincenzo Bellini is one of the many opera composers that the nineteenth century had to offer (The National Opera Center America). Bellini like many of the composers in this time was born in Italy. During the nineteenth century, opera stories most of the time was had a theme of passion and romance....   [tags: Romantic era of music]
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The Decline of Cantonese Opera in Singapore - ... At its’ peak, there were 50 Getai troupes in the 3 amusement parks. Although these amusement parks were eventually shut down, their presence at hungry ghost festivals increased and slowly took over operas as the main show. Moreover, because they performed popular television songs, their popularity increased as television popularity increased. Thus, because people were giving in to the popular music culture, interest slowly waned out and Cantonese opera became sidelined. With the SMC still in place till this day, a lot of youths over the years have not been given the opportunity to learn their family dialect, especially since English was made the first language in schools since 1974....   [tags: Chinese legacy, government effect]
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Personal Experience: A Live Opera - ... The Magic Flute is a romantic fairytale and a comedy, which is more relatable for me. The story of The Magic Flute interests me a lot. I like Mozart’s music as well as the humor of the opera. Watching The Magic Flute produced by the School of Music in UM is one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had. I like it not only because of the effect of the opera, but also because of their unique interpretation of The Magic Flute. Here, I will compare the experience of watching the live opera produced by UM with the DVD version recorded by the Metropolitan Opera House in 1991....   [tags: new york city, the magic flute] 769 words
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Phantom of the Opera Review - ... “Don Juan Triumphant” is Don Giovanni told from Don Juan's perspective. This is probably because the Phantom identifies with Don Juan and wants him to be triumphant. Another point of view is that that he is sarcastic when he is talking about Don Juan because people can never forget him because of his deformed face like how Don Juan would seduce all of the women, but the Phantom doesn't really seduce Christine, he just scares her. The opera “Don Juan Triumphant” is very different from the rest of the musical because it represents the pain and the wrath of the Phantom....   [tags: longest running musical, musical, art]
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Watching The Phantom of the Opera - For me, I was lucky that my college offered tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera right around Mothers’ Day. I celebrated the holiday early by taking my mother to see her first professional performance. I bought tickets to see the musical on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. We spent the day shopping in New York with my some of my college mates. When we got to the theatre, I was slightly disappointed at the size and stuffiness of the theatre, as my imagination always cited spacious grand opera houses as the house for all Broadway shows....   [tags: Analytic Essay, Broadway Shows] 918 words
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The Male Dan In Chinese Opera - The film, Farewell My Concubine, directed by Chen Kaige drew the attention of the western world onto Chinese Opera at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival by winning the Palme d’Or award that year. Farewell My Concubine is one of the most famous plays in Beijing Opera in which the loyalty of Yu Ji (Beauty Yu) is contested by the King of Chu when his state is defeated. The main character, Cheng Dieyi, mirrors both Mei Langfan and Yu Ji. Mei Langfan is considered the most representative artist in Beijing Opera because of his perfection as a female impersonator....   [tags: Chinese Theater] 2230 words
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Ballet at the Paris Opera - There is a mysterious concept behind the art of ballet. Ballet is often said to represent the beauty and artistic values of multiple generations. Shows displayed in the land of Paris, depicted a sense of wealth but later evolving into the story telling of several movements. In the year 1877, painter Edgar Degas combined his rebellious views with the traditional techniques in order to create one of my favorite paintings; the Ballet at the Paris Opera. Through this combination, Degas was able to depict a sense of balance in his artwork....   [tags: painting, beauty, artistic, art] 1047 words
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The Modernization of Chinese Opera - The topic of investigation is to determine whether the modernizations of Chinese operas justifiably portrayed China. The investigation will focus on Chinese operas from 1949-1976 and the government’s involvement during the Culture Revolution. Mao’s motivations to reform China are considered within this investigation and the relation between are explored. The two main sources selected for evaluation, Chinese Perspectives in Rhetoric and Communication by D. Ray Heisey and Red Azalea written by Anchee Min, will be evaluated for their origins, purposes, limitations, and values....   [tags: Culture ]
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Phantom of the Opera and Water - CPT Essay – Phantom of the Opera and Water Christine and Erik used romantic relationships to discover themselves while Chuyia created a family in order to discover who she was. Christine, Erik and Chuyia followed in the ways of Gandhi in finding themselves by losing themselves in the service of others. Relationships are the key factors for every character to discovery themselves and to accept the change that has occurred in their life. Whether this relationship be of a lover, an enemy or even a motherly figure; each character utilizes the people in their lives to forget their hardships and create a better a brighter life....   [tags: Relationships, Key Factors, Character Development]
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Analysis of The Beggar´s Opera - This essay will seek to explore how far literature of the time subscribes to the view in The Beggar’s Opera – ‘O London is a Fine Town’. In order to do this, the essay will examine ‘London’ by William Blake, ‘Tintern Abbey’ and ‘Composed upon Westmisnster bridge by Wordsworth and Oliver Twist by Dickens. The Beggar’s Opera was written in 1728 and is considered to be ‘the most complete statement of Gay’s attitude toward the town and its evils.’ The play begins with the introduction to the character of the Beggar as he announces to his audience: ‘I own myself of the Company of the Beggars; and I make one at their weekly festivals at St Giles.’ The character makes it clear he belongs to a gro...   [tags: literature, town, evils, evidence] 1536 words
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The Sydney Opera House - Executive Summary Risk management is a major success key of project management in business world. With major budget overruns in parallel with significant delays, Sydney Opera House is a real example of poor risk management. Risk management requires effective planning, budgeting, and scheduling. First of all, the highest risks should be identified and evaluated in order to find methods to reduce their impact and exposure. Then, factors that cause risk should be addressed while factors that only correlate with the negative impact but do not affect it may be omitted....   [tags: Risk Management]
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The Glimmerglass Opera Company - Glimmerglass Opera is an opera company located in Cooperstown, New York and they had their first season in 1975. The Alice Busch Opera Theater, the theater they perform in, has homed more than eighty productions, many which were premieres.Their current mission states, “to Produce Opera and music theater, to educate young professional performers, to educate emerging theater craftspeople and arts administration.” There is twenty people in their administration so they are a relatively small organization....   [tags: community outreach & educational programs] 1428 words
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Floating Point Coprocessors - Floating Point Coprocessors The designer of any microprocessor would like to extend its instruction set almost infinitely but is limited by the quantity of silicon available (not to mention the problems of testability and complexity). Consequently, a real microprocessor represents a compromise between what is desirable and what is acceptable to the majority of the chip's users. For example, the 68020 microprocessor is not optimized for calculations that require a large volume of scientific (i.e....   [tags: essays research papers] 2916 words
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The Phantom of the Opera - The Phantom of the Opera From the moment I walked into the Pantages Theater in Toronto Canada, and looked up at the giant chandelier hanging in the middle of the room, I knew that this would be something different. I have never been to a play that I enjoyed, but something about the atmosphere of this theater made me forget of all my past experiences. From the moment the music started, the wonderfully eerie theme song of the Phantom, I was captivated. The Phantom of the Opera is set in the late 1800's in Paris France, in the Paris Opera House....   [tags: Papers] 349 words
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Bel Canto Opera - Opera in the Romantic Period was a time when opera changed drastically, especially in the country of Italy. The recognition of singers as being important, almost irreplaceable, in the art of “bel canto” opera changed the idea of a vocalist in opera forever. A singer’s voice was prized and Italian composers, like Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini wrote operas and works to showcase the voice, it’s color, range and agility. These Italian composers were moving away from the normal style of composition of the time, and the composer Rossini, who set the stage for many other followers....   [tags: Musical History ]
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Symbolism of Italian and French Theatre and Opera - Introduction The “Querelle des Bouffons” ("Quarrel of the Comic Actors") was a cultural war over the comparative merits of French and Italian opera styles. It was divided into two camps; the supporters of Italian music known as the coin de la reine, and the partisans of French music known as the coin du roi. However the querrelle had political and social implications with supporters of the royal establishment championing French opera, they saw as being forged on the principles of French classicism and absolutist ideology, while proponents of Enlightenment saw in Italian opera a vehicle for subversive attacks on that establishment....   [tags: Humanities, Theatre]
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Floating Away from Racism in Mark Twain´s Huckleberry Finn - Floating Away from Racism Many say it’s a classic, that it’s the root of all American literature. Others call it racist and unfit for their child to read. Such connotations of Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, exemplify the controversy at hand: whether or not schools should ban the book. The racial stereotypes present in the novel along with the constant use of the “n” word have caused critics and parents to question its morality. Should students be exposed to the truths of the old south....   [tags: Satire, Prejudice, Book Banning]
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Opera: Die Fledermaus - ... Real Champagne inclines to incite sticker shock in cash-strapped young people hoping to drink their way through New Year’s Eve. A standard clarification is Andre, the saccharine, mass produced sparkling wine that sells for about $4-$5. The metropolitan opera’s new production of Johann Strauss Jr.s harmonious circus “Die Fledermaus,” which rang in the New Year on the day of Tuesday evening at the time of play is operatic Andre: fizzy, sugary and sweet. It’s not delicate or profound, but if you are strong-minded to have a partly, it will get the job done and the Met’s youthful cast is nothing if not resolute to celebrate....   [tags: story and character analysis] 589 words
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Utah Symphony and Utah Opera Merger - 1. Bill Bailey, chairman of the board of the Utah Opera Organization, could use McClelland’s need theory to support the merger with the Utah symphony based on the three principles that are entailed in the theory; need for achievement, need for affiliation, and need for power (Kreitner & Kinicki, 2010, p. 215). Firstly, the need for achievement is met by understanding that people strive to master difficult situations, endeavors or challenges. This idea works on both an organizational level, as well as an individual level....   [tags: Business]
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Kunqu Opera from the Peony Pavilion - On March 17th, 2014 the department of music at Hunter College hosted a recital of Qing Yi Arias from The Peony Pavilion, a Kunqu Opera. Kunqu Opera is a form of Chinese musical drama consisting of three components that work concurrently and in synchronization. The Qing Yi Arias adheres to these principles and is successful in executing them. The recital was composed of three performers, Ms. Yang Ling as Qing Yi, a virtuous and noble woman, Mr. Chen Tao on Kundi, a bamboo flute and Mr. Huang Shi-Rong on percussion....   [tags: Chinese culture]
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The Life Opera Singer Luciano Pavarotti - As an art form, opera is a rare and remarkable creation. For me, it expresses aspects of the human drama that cannot be expressed in any other way, or certainly not as beautifully.-Luciano Pavarotti Even though I consider myself to be an eclectic person with widespread musical tastes I cannot say that I have sampled every genre there is but I hope to remedy that by listening to any type of music presented to me with an open mind and open heart. The individual that I have chosen to write my music writing assignment about is Luciano Pavarotti who was in my opinion the greatest opera singer of the twentieth century....   [tags: music, italy, influences] 686 words
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The Hukou System in China - There is a wide range of young female factory workers in China. These employees work tremendously hard to receive their earnings. No more than to send it to family members or for savings, then they must go back to their home town. Young female workers get paid very little for all the effort and time spent, including over time and being mistreated. In China, there are floating workers and migrants that come to the city seeking a job. Floating workers refer to the young Chinese women, who move from the countryside into the city for jobs....   [tags: floating migrant factory workers] 1328 words
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An Opera Performance - An Opera Performance On Friday November 3rd I had the pleasure of attending an evening of Opera titled Love Through the Ages with Maria Fortuna and Nancy Townsend at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Having never been to an Opera performance I had no idea of what to expect and was looking forward to this new experience. Fortuna was accompanied by multi-faceted pianist Nancy Townsend. These two musicians showed tremendous expertise and were able to keep my attention through the extent of the program....   [tags: essays papers] 475 words
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The Threepenny Opera - What keeps mankind alive. Answer the question with reference to the actions of characters in The Threepenny Opera. In The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht, through the writing of the song “Second Threepenny Finale What Keeps Mankind Alive” in Scene Six, gives us the idea that “mankind is kept alive by bestial acts (page 55, line number 18). In my opinion, although the idea to associate human beings with beasts, or more specifically, human behaviour with “bestial acts” looks peculiar, some characters, in their pursuit of desires and wants, do reflect an inhuman nature, which makes them ‘beast-like’....   [tags: English Literature] 1101 words
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What might cause an appreciation of a floating exchange rate? - What might cause an appreciation of a floating exchange rate. Discuss whether an appreciation of a country's exchange rate will always be beneficial to that country. a) what might cause an appreciation of a floating exchange rate. b) Discuss whether an appreciation of a country's exchange rate will always be beneficial to that country. (15) A free, fluctuating or floating exchange rate means the existence of a free or competitive foreign exchange market where the price of one currency in terms of another is determined by the forces of supply and demand operating without any official interference....   [tags: Economics] 1949 words
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OPERA AND DRAMA: DIFFERING VIEWS - OPERA AND DRAMA: DIFFERING VIEWS Opera and drama are two closely linked disciplines in the world of performing arts; although many view these as individual aspects which should be combined to create a greater result, others seemingly view opera as drama although it would be seen as illogical to view drama as opera. The mere fact opera has a narrative, although told through music and libretto, combines the two. Michael Tippett’s opera, The Midsummer Marriage, contains influences from other established form’s (drawing examples for Wagner and Verdi) as well as containing Tippett’s own futuristic ideas....   [tags: Drama]
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Politics in Opera by Anthony Arblaster - Politics in Opera Imprint Information Viva la Liberta. - Politics in Opera by Anthony Arblaster is published by Verso in 1992 in London, Great Britain. It was the book's first edition and publication. The book contains 340 pages of text, no illustrations, and includes a tables of contents, nine main chapters, conclusion, notes and and an index. The chapters start with the period of modern politics, the French Revolution in 1789 and with "Mozart: Class Conflict and Enlightenment" from that period till modern opera / musicals in "Democratic Opera: Victims as Heroes"....   [tags: essays research papers fc] 1875 words
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The History of the Soap Opera - The History of the Soap Opera Soap operas have been one of the most popular forms of television in the world, being the foremost genre in Britain for thirty-five years, ever since the first episode of Coronation Street was screened in 1960. The continuous plots and new characters that viewers could relate to sparked I new passion for the common soap opera. Ever since, new soap operas have been released, still using the old ingredients and standard story lines, still managing the captivate audiences on a constant basis....   [tags: Papers] 520 words
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Opera - Imagine you are in a darkened theater and on stage are the actors. Behind the actors you can see the scenery. Down in front of the stage, in what is called the pit, is an orchestra and a conductor. As the orchestra plays, the actors on stage do not speak their lines they sing them. Opera is the combination of drama and music. Like drama, opera embraces the entire spectrum of theatrical elements: dialogue, acting, costumes, scenery and action, but it is the sum of all these elements, combined with music, which defines the art form called opera....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Mozart's Opera Buffa and Abduction from the Seragalio - “Too fine for our ears and a tremendous number of notes, my dear Mozart.” To which he replied “Exactly as many, your majesty, as are necessary” (Turner 258) The event I attended for MUS111 was Mozart’s Opera Buffa, Abduction from the Seraglio, first presented in Vienna July 16, 1782. The opera was presented by Opera Atelier with musical accompaniment by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. The Abduction from the Seraglio is an opera Singspiel in three acts. It is an irreverent comic opera based in the commedia dell’arte tradition....   [tags: concert review] 1762 words
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The Sydney Opera House and Its Acoustical Failure - ... Even though the Opera House has such a vast amount of economic success and worldwide fame, its musical design has been criticized heavily throughout its 41 year history. The Construction of the Sydney Opera House began in the year of 1959, under the lead of Danish Architect Jorn Utzon. From the beginning there were many problems building the Opera House, not only with the acoustics, but also many other factors. Construction was supposed to take four years and it was supposed to cost 7 million Australian Dollars, but instead it took 14 years and cost 102 million Australian Dollars....   [tags: sound and music physics] 583 words
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Critical Analysis of the Design of the Guangzhou Opera House - Guangzhou Opera House is a recently completed building by Zaha Hadid Architects. The project is located in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, completed in 2010. The building’s extreme geometry and the spectacular interior have brought about international awareness and appreciations on its design. Followings are two articles that examine and critique the building. One is “L'auditorium asimmetrico (Asymmetrical Auditorium)”from the architecture journal “Abitare”. The other article is “Crazy Angles, Soaring Steel” by Thomas Lane from the architecture Journal “Building”....   [tags: Architecture]
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