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  • Curtis Price
  •  and Patrick Carnegy


The treatment of a subject in the guise of another which it resembles; in opera, investing plots, characters and scenography with symbolical or metaphorical meaning.

From the beginning opera was to some extent allegorical, borrowing what was essentially a literary device already well established in spoken drama, the ...

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