Opera outside the box : notions of opera in nineteenth-century Britain /

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group,, Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.xiii, 174 pages : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01046145, (OCoLC)fst01046168, 19th century., fast, Great Britain, Opera, Opera., Social aspects, Social aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index."Opera Outside the Box: Notions of Opera in NIneteenth-Century Britain addresses operatic "experiences" outside the opera houses of Britain during the nineteenth century. The essays adopt a variety of perspectives exploring the processes through which opera and ideas about opera were cultivated and disseminated, by examining opera -related matters in publication and performance, in both musical and non-musical genres, outside the traditional approaches to transmission of operatic works and associated concepts. As a group, they exemplify the broad array of questions to be grappled with in seeking to identify commonalities that might shed light in new and imaginative ways on the experiences and manifestations of opera and notions of opera in Victorian Britain. In unpacking the significance, relevance, uses, and impacts of opera within British society, the collection seeks to enhance understanding of a few of the manifold ways in which the population learned about and experienced opera, how audience and the broader public understood the genre and the aesthetics surrounding it, how familiarity with opera played out in British culture, and how British customs, values, and principles affected the genre of opera and perceptions of it." --Introduction. Opera Outside the Box / Roberta Montemorra Marvin -- Of Shreds and Patches : Operatic Commonplaces in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain / Edward Jacobson -- Perceptions of Verdi in Victorian Britain / Roberta Montemorra Marvin -- Opera and British Choral Culture : Verdi's Requiem in London / Chloe Valenti -- "A Carnival or a Sacrament, a Fair or a Funeral :" The Prima Donna at the British Musical Festival, 1810-1834 / Charles Edward McGuire -- Adelaide Kemble and Opera Arias in Concert and Drawing Rooms / Matildie Wium -- Marie Wilton, La! Sonnambula! and the Opening of the Prince of Wales's Theatre in 1865 / Valeria De Lucca -- Friends and Visitors : Chamber Music, Concert Aesthetics, and the Conundrum of Operatic Song / Christina Bashford -- Epilogue / Roger Parker.