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Orientalism in the Opera "Turandot"
This paper explores the representation of the East in Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot."
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This paper examines the Opera "Turandot" and how the Orient is portrayed in relation to Western conceptions of the East. This research uses Edward Said's essay on Orientalism to further construct the exotic East in "Turandot." Also addressed is the question "how does this opera exemplify the East as being savage and archaic when compared to Western thought and culture?" Both Orientalism and the writings of Edward Said are discussed.

Overview of Orientalism
Overview of Edward Said
Overview of the "Turandot" Opera
Gozzi's "Turandot" Opera
Puccini's "Turandot"- Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
An Asian view of the "Turando" opera

From the Paper:

"The Metropolitan Opera states that "Orientalism is the term used to describe Western fascination with the 'exotic' cultures of the Eastern hemisphere." Stated as well is that Many works of art, including operas like "Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail' and 'Madama Butterfly', have illustrated and enforced the West's idea of the dangerous, sensual, alien East." (Metropolitan Opera, 2006) The Metropolitan Opera further reveals that: "In order to create a more 'realistic Chinese atmosphere, Puccini read many books on the culture and ceremonies of China. He also sought out real Chinese music to imitate." (Metropolitan Opera, 2006) "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Orientalism in the Music of Turandot (2006) The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot. Online available at: http://archive.operainfo.org/broadcast/operaBackground.cgi?id=27&language=1.
  • Orientalism (2006) Omnipelagos Online available at: http://www.omnipelagos.com/entry?n=orientalism
  • Cotter, Holland (2004) 'Staging the Orient' -- 'Visions of the East at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera' 7 May 2004 New York Times Online available at: Published: May 7, 2004http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0DE5DD173CF934A35756C0A9629C8B63
  • Symes, Colin (2006) The Paradox of the Canon: Edward W. Said and Musical Transgression The Routledge Journal Vol. 27, No. 3 September 2006
  • Kurkinen, Marjaana (n.d.) The Spectre of the Orient: Modern Mime and Traditional Japanese Theatre in the 1930s.

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APA Format

Orientalism in the Opera "Turandot" (2007, February 26) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/orientalism-in-the-opera-turandot-92672/

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"Orientalism in the Opera "Turandot"" 26 February 2007. Web. 07 February. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/orientalism-in-the-opera-turandot-92672/>