Ariosto, Opera, and the 17th Century Evolution in the Poetics of Delight

Ariosto, Opera, and the 17th Century Evolution in the Poetics of Delight


Published by Leo S. Olschki Editore (Florence)​​​​​​​


The success of Orlando furioso in Italian musical theatre is vast and complex. This book examines the main phases of the circulation and influence of Orlando furioso on the seventeenth-century music scene by reconstructing an overall historical and critical profile, but also through the recovery and philologically verified transcription of about forty dramatic texts derived from Ariosto’s main narrative currents.

  • Edward Milton Anderson

    Ariosto, Opera, and the 17th Century Evolution in the Poetics of Delight 


    By Edward Milton Anderson

    Edited by Nicola Badolato in collaboration with Amyrose McCue Gill 


    March 2018 (first published 2017, Italy)
    Published by Leo S. Olschki
    Distributed by Ad Ilissum 
    ISBN 978 88 222 6501 2

    Paperback, 170 x 240 mm

    292 pages, with free CD-ROM

  • About the author

    Edward Milton Anderson (1966–2013), gifted musician and noted scholar of Ariosto, was Assistant Professor of Humanities at Rice University from 2009, when he received his doctorate in Italian from Cambridge University. A recipient of the Yale University A. Bartlett Giamatti Prize Fellowship for outstanding achievement in the humanities, he was elected President of the Graduates at St John’s College, Cambridge, for the 2003–2004 academic year, a period during which he directed Art Song & Vocal Chamber Performance at the Aspen Music Festival & School. (marzo 2016)


    Nicola Badolato, PhD in Musicology and Musical Assets, is a pianist and harpsichordist who completed his post-doc at Yale University. He has published editions of the music dramas of Carlo Maria Maggi (Pisa, F. Serra, 2010), Giovanni Faustini (Florence, L.S. Olschki, 2012) and Benedetto Ferrari (Florence, L.S. Olschki, 2013), and the works staged in Rome by Filippo Juvarra between 1710 and 1714 (Turin, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura, 2016). 

  • About Leo S. Olschki Editore

    Leo S. Olschki Editore (Florence) is one of Italy's oldest and most respected publishers of critical works in the humanities.

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