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The Gilded Stage: A Social and Cultural History of Opera Daniel Snowman Thursday 04 April 2019

The programme will be:

 1. Introduction: c. 1600-1800:

"Opera" was developed in the Renaissance courts and commercial theatres of northern Italy as an attempt to combine all the arts in ways the Ancient Greeks were believed to have done. It soon became the entertainment of choice throughout much of Europe.

2. The Age of Romanticism: Opera in the 19th Century:

The French Revolution and its aftermath had a huge impact on all the arts, and opera audiences came to expect stirring works that gave passionate expression to dangerously erotic or political sentiments.

3. Opera Goes Global: The great Dictators to the Democratisation of Opera:

Opera spread across the Americas and to Australia and elsewhere, as newly invented technologies (eg: recording, film, radio) enabled the word - and sound - to become known worldwide. Stalin and Hitler used opera to boost their popularity, while in our own times efforts have been made to democratise a supposedly 'elite' art form

The cost of the day is £40 per person. In order reserve your place please complete the tear off slip on the flyer and send it together with payment to: 

Linda Stellman, 8 Hill Close London NW11 7JP

 

Friends and family are welcome to attend the day.