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Brighella

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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68 words

A mask of the commedia dell'arte, a zanni or servant, who was invariably clad in a white smock and

Brighella

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
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11 words

(Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos). See Commedia Dell’Arte troupe.

Brighella

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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56 words
one of the zanni or servant roles of the commedia dell'arte. Originally a thief and a bully, with much in him of the Neapolitan street-corner boy, he later became a lackey. Through the ... More
Carlo Goldoni

Carlo Goldoni  

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(1709–93),Italian dramatist, destined for the law, but drawn to the theatre by his desire to reform the now moribund commedia dell'arte by replacing the old-style improvisation on an outline ...
commedia dell'arte

commedia dell'arte  

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An improvised kind of popular comedy in Italian theatres in the 16th–18th centuries, based on stock characters. Actors adapted their comic dialogue and action according to a few basic plots (commonly ...
Mezzetino

Mezzetino  

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Servant of the commedia dell'arte, with many of the characteristics of Brighella or Scapino, though more polished. Towards the end of the 17th century (c.1682) the role was altered and ...
Scapin

Scapin  

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One of the zanni or servant roles of the commedia dell'arte. Like Brighella, Scapino was crafty and unprincipled, and when in danger lived up to his name, which means ‘to ...
Zanni

Zanni  

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Term used to describe collectively the servant masks of the commedia dell' arte; the equivalent English term is zany. Among them are Arlecchino, Pantalone, and (later) Columbina, the prototypes of ...

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