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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The Gilded Stage is a comprehensive tour of the world of opera. From its origins in the courts of northern Italy, to its internationally recognised position in modern culture, Snowman explores the social history of opera houses and impresarios, composers and patrons, artists and audiences.

Even the most flamboyant composers could scarcely have imagined the global reach of opera in our own times. More opera is performed, financed, seen, heard, filmed and broadcast than ever before, and the world's leading performers are worshipped and paid like pop stars. Yet the art form is widely derided as 'elitist' and parts of the classical recording business appear close to bankruptcy. Pinpointing the scandals, forgotten history and key revolutions in the form with light erudition and a brilliant anecdotal eye, Daniel Snowman reveals that the world of opera has always known crisis and uncertainty - and the resulting struggles have often proved every bit as dramatic as those portrayed onstage.

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