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Circe de clásicos y modernos

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COTELLO, Beatriz. Circe in opera and ballet history. Circe clás. mod. [online]. 2008, n.12, pp.87-102. ISSN 1851-1724.

Following the traces of Circe in opera history: the sorceress can be found at the very beginning, as main character of a court spectacle, the Balet Comique de la Royne or Balet de Circé (1581), from Balthazar de Beaujoueulx; in baroque times in many titles, such as La Circe de Cristoforo Ivanovich, music by Antonio Ziani (1665); at the start of the development of the Spanish zarzuela in the Comedia con música from Calderón and Hidalgo El mayor encanto, amor, (1635) and at the times of the flourishment of that musical genre in Circe from Ruperto Chapí on a libretto by Ramos Carrión (1902). We present a study of the scripts within their historical frame. The Balet Comique introduces the subject of the birth of ballet as theatre spectacle, and Calderón and Chapí that of the history of zarzuela in Spain.

Keywords : Circe; Ballet de cour; Ballet; Baroque opera; Zarzuela.

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