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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Musical theatre, Opera, Orpheus


This bibliography is a brief examination of various adaptations of the myth of Orpheus and Euridice throughout the history of musical theatre and opera, specifically through comparative textual analysis of the scripts and libretti. In this examination, additions to or retractions from the original story, whether common to several adaptations or unique to a single source, will be analyzed. From these findings it will be possible to speculate on historical and contextual reasons for the unique shape taken by each adaptation, and to add to the conversation about the nature and purpose of adaptation in general as well as the general cultural prevalence of the Orpheus myth itself.

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