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Since its beginnings, the history of opera has been shaped by adaptations of popular subjects and literary material. But according to what rules do such opera adaptations work? Which dramaturgical means are used in the transformative process of adaptation and what are the consequences for the original template? ​Based on the Danish opera Lulu by Friedrich Daniel Rudolph Kuhlau, first performed in Copenhagen in 1824, the adaptation of a narrative text is examined on a textual and musical level. In...