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Operatic Geographies : The Place of Opera and the Opera House - Dr Suzanne Aspden

Operatic Geographies

The Place of Opera and the Opera House

By: Dr Suzanne Aspden (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 2019
ISBN: 9780226595962
Number Of Pages: 320

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Since its origin, opera has been identified with the performance and negotiation of power. Once theaters specifically for opera were established, that connection was expressed in the design and situation of the buildings themselves, as much as through the content of operatic works. Yet the importance of the opera house’s physical situation, and the ways in which opera and the opera house have shaped each other, have seldom been treated as topics worthy of examination.

Operatic Geographies invites us to reconsider the opera house’s spatial production. Looking at opera through the lens of cultural geography, this anthology rethinks the opera house’s landscape, not as a static backdrop, but as an expression of territoriality. The essays in this anthology consider moments across the history of the genre, and across a range of geographical contexts—from the urban to the suburban to the rural, and from the “Old” world to the “New.” One of the book’s most novel approaches is to consider interactions between opera and its environments—that is, both in the domain of the traditional opera house and in less visible, more peripheral spaces, from girls’ schools in late seventeenth-century England, to the temporary arrangements of touring operatic troupes in nineteenth-century Calcutta, to rural, open-air theaters in early twentieth-century France. The essays throughout Operatic Geographies powerfully illustrate how opera’s spatial production informs the historical development of its social, cultural, and political functions. 

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"This volume goes beyond the old and prevalent Marxian interpretation of the place of the opera house as an expression of centralized power, instead exploring the more nuanced possibility of a network of competing powers at play. Original and thought-provoking, these essays offer a multitude of new and fresh perspectives on the 'situatedness' of opera."--Pierpaolo Polzonetti, author of Italian Opera in the Age of the American Revolution

ISBN: 9780226595962
ISBN-10: 022659596X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 22nd April 2019
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.61

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