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Light as Metaphysical Unifying Entity of Opera

It certainly doesn’t seem very easy to get one’s hands on literature concerning the theory of lighting in opera production.  Why this is, is not completely clear.  Prima facie, light contributes to the visual sensation induce by the performance just as the orchestral pieces composed to move us through the auditory sense.  Yet there is a much stricter recipe for the nature of the auditory stimulus than for lighting, which is especially confusing, if one considers that it is well within reason to weight the visual stimulus on exactly the same par as the auditory; and one might argue for some small amount of privilege for the visual medium.  My reason for thinking so is that, in my experience, the visual conveys a tremendous amount of information to the viewer, and even contributes to the mood, which I take to be the central function of the musical arrangement. Continue reading

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