The Operatic State: Cultural Policy and the Opera House

1st Edition

Ruth Bereson

Routledge
Published September 9, 2013
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415868297 - CAT# Y153187

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Summary

The Operatic State examines the cultural, financial, and political investments that have gone into the maintenance of opera and opera houses in Europe, the USA and Australia. It analyses opera's nearly immutable form throughout wars, revolutions, and vast social changes throughout the world. Bereson argues that by legitimising the power of the state through universally recognised ceremonial ritual, opera enjoys a privileged status across three continents, often to the detriment of popular and indigenous art forms.

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