Stage metaphors in Verdi's Otello: Miloš Wasserbauer's State Theatre production (Brno 1967) in the context of Otello's staging tradition

Název: Stage metaphors in Verdi's Otello: Miloš Wasserbauer's State Theatre production (Brno 1967) in the context of Otello's staging tradition
Zdrojový dokument: Theatralia. 2016, roč. 19, č. 2, s. 29-58
  • ISSN
    1803-845X (print)
    2336-4548 (online)
Type: Článek
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The article deals with the stage metaphors of Verdi's Otello with particular interest in the 1967 Brno production, directed by Miloš Wasserbauer. The main metaphor discussed is that of containment. The author compares Wasserbauer's interpretation with former and later productions depicting the main stage metaphors. The first part of the article deals with the stage metaphors inherent in both Boito's libretto of Otello and in Shakespeare's Othello. The second part of the article focuses on essential elements of staging which are rooted in Otello (including the score). The third part analyses the staging practice of Otello with special regard to Wasserbauer's production. The methodological apparatus of the article is inspired by the Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT).
The article is based on author's ongoing research focused on the operatic production in Brno, former Czechoslovakia, in the 2nd half of the 20th century. The research project titled 'Generation of Miloš Wasserbauer, the theatre director, and progressive dramaturgy of State Theatre in Brno' is supported by the Czech Science Foundation (project No. GA15–06548S).
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