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Eroticism, Death And Redemption: The Operatic Construct Of The Biblical Femme Fatale

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This chapter explores the themes of eroticism, death and redemption as seen in the world of opera, through a particular lens. This lens is the construct of the femme fatale as drawn from the particular world of the Bible. The chapter surveys the terrain surprisingly limited to six chief operas, which together treat only four biblical subjects. The first of the operas, Verdi's early work Nabucco, is analysed in terms of the depiction of its-totally invented femme fatale, a fictitious daughter Abigaille given to King Nebuccadnezzar. The development of the concept of femme fatale is then traced until it reaches its apotheiosis with the extraordinary character of Kundry, in Wagner's Parsifal. The chapter focuses upon three moments in which different aspects of this character are portrayed as they relate to the world of the Bible. It identifies the religio-philosophical currents of Wagner's thought that feed into the work.

Keywords: Bible; Eroticism; femme fatale ; King Nebuccadnezzar; Kundry; operas; Wagner's Parsifal

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