It is only in recent years that musicology has seriously begun to focus on opera staging, representing as it does a crucial element in our understanding of a theatrical production. The visual component is integral to the compositional process of an opera; it is already present in the stage directions contained in scene booklets and scores, before finding its ultimate form in the most accomplished examples of stage-booklets. Cross-comparison of these books with the score, sets, costumes and press reports, often accompanied by illustrations and photographs of the scene, can now generate an understanding of the ‘three-dimensionality’ of the particular opera.
The present series aims to address several facets of the artistic expression of a live performance. It will include monographs and miscellaneous volumes on opera staging and dramaturgy, as well as a critical edition of stage-booklets. Volumes on performing arts (including dance, musical theatre, mime, puppetry, performance arts) and case studies or researches on costumes, stage lighting and sound, new technology, designers, conductors and directors will be also considered.
The series was previously entitled "Mise en scène".