Backgrounds and foregrounds I, by Sonia Arienta

In opera’s exterior scenes the landscape can include different categories of images, connected to urban or natural space; they also can show or not a wide-ranging view. In interiors scenes, the glimpse over the world is trimmed by doors, windows, arcades, gates which select panorama’s elements if they are included. In locations outlined by set captions, the degree of permeability between background and foreground, shaped by a number much or less elevated of architectural barriers, fix the opening or closure degree of the field of vision and the extension of exchange between the individual and the world. In fact visual backgrounds usually disappear from set captions when the operist desires a claustrophobical atmosphere.
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