The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera by Daniel Snowman

The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera

byDaniel Snowman

Kobo ebook | November 1, 2010

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Fascinating and highly readable, this is the definitive social history of the world's most romantic, flamboyant, glamorous, and politically influential art-form: opera

From its beginnings in the Renaissance cities of northern Italy opera has permeated through Europe, America, and beyond, becoming a global business in the digital age. This history unwraps the story of opera from the charm and chaos of Mozart's Vienna to Frederick the Great's Berlin. It covers the lure of fin-de-siècle Paris, the rough and tumble of the Australian outback, and the new world of the Americas—colorful backdrops to the always dramatic, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious episodes that make up this rich and fascinating story.

Title:The Gilded Stage: A Social History of OperaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Atlantic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1848874367

ISBN - 13:9781848874367

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! Daniel Snowman suggests in his introduction that most books on opera are musicological and pay only perfunctory attention to the social context, while most books on social or cultural history give rather short shrift to opera. This is certainly as good a one-volume survey of the social history of opera as one could wish for, frequently sparkling and full of pen-portraits and anecdotes. It is also beautifully and lavishly illustrated.
Date published: 2017-02-07