Since I am a music major, I know a great deal about the topic I have chosen. I found it very interesting that when reading the fairy tales earlier in the semester that I remembered that the same stories were the basis for quite a few operas throughout music history. These operas actually stayed quite true to the original story lines. This is a bulk of what I am going to focus on in my paper by doing a comparative analysis of the texts used in three separate fairy tales with their related opera. Even though there was a lot of freedom in choosing our topic for this paper, this topic is very interesting to me, and I am very excited to write about it.
Something about the text that I will have to do more research to understand is the language aspect of the operas. Each of the operas are in a different language than their respective fairy tales (French), which is a little puzzling to me. I am interested in why the different composers chose a French text to base their operas off of, and I am also interested in when the fairy tales and the operas were written in history. These stories can mean different things to different generations, so I am going to look into this question a little more as well.
Some questions I will answer in my paper are:
1) Just how closely related are the fairy tales and operas? How much (if at all) do the operas deviate from the original storylines?
2) Being that the operas are from different time periods, how can this affect the way that an audience reacts to the story? How is this reaction different than the way the fairy tales might have been originally heard?
3) How did the composers decide to assign the roles to certain types of voices? Is this different than the way the characters were perceived in the original fairy tales?
Once again, I chose this topic because I am more familiar with it. I actually had the most fun reading through the fairy tales, and when I made the connection of fairy tales and opera, I thought it would be a really exciting paper to write.