The Resource Opera in America : a cultural history, John Dizikes

Opera in America : a cultural history, John Dizikes

Label
Opera in America : a cultural history
Title
Opera in America
Title remainder
a cultural history
Statement of responsibility
John Dizikes
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
America has had a love affair with opera in all its forms since it was first performed here in colonial times. This book--the first comprehensive cultural and social history of musical theater in the United States--includes vignettes of productions, personalities, audiences, and theaters throughout the country from 1735 to the present day. John Dizikes tells how opera, steeped in European aristocratic tradition, was transplanted into the democratic cultural environment of America. With a wealth of colorful detail, he describes how operas were performed and received in small towns and in big cities, and he brings to life little-known people involved with opera as well as famous ones such as Oscar Hammerstein, Jenny Lind, Gustav Mahler, Enrico Caruso, Milton Cross, Maria Callas, and Leonard Bernstein. He tells us about the often overlooked African American contribution to operatic history, from nineteenth-century minstrel shows to the work of Scott Joplin and Marian Anderson, and he discusses operetta and Broadway musicals, recognized everywhere in the world as one of the triumphs of American twentieth-century art. Dizikes considers the increasingly diverse operatic audiences of the twentieth century, shaped by records, radio, and television, and he describes the places where opera now flourishes--not only New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, but also St. Louis, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Santa Fe, Seattle, and elsewhere. Generously illustrated and engagingly written, the book is a fitting tribute to its subject--as grand and entertaining as opera itself
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1932-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dizikes, John
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
ML1711
LC item number
.D6 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Opera
Label
Opera in America : a cultural history, John Dizikes
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This publication has been supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities ..."--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 563-599) and index
Contents
Act one : origins, 1735-1836. The Garciás at the park ; England and Italy ; New Orleans ; Buildings and audiences ; Philadelphia ; Three American theaters ; A Columbia professor -- Interlude : Maria Malibran ---- Act two : Expansion 1836-1863. The Bohemian girl ; William Fry and the American muse ; Gold rush ; New Orleans and Havana ; The song of the nightingale ; Mario and three divas ; Boston ; Gardens and academies ; A letter from Max Maretzek ; Sweet Adeline -- Interlude : Walt Witman ---- Act three : monopoly 1863-1903. Erie, Eros and Offenbach ; Gilbert and Sullivan : from Gérolstein to Graustark ; The building of the Metropolitan Opera house ; The queen of song ; Leopold Damrosch and the triumph of Wagner ; Chicago ; On tour ; Local glories ; End of the century -- Interlude : Lillian Nordica ---- Act four : Modernism, 1903-1921. The Wagnerian aftermath ; Oscar and Goliath ; Whiskey per tutti ; Virtuoso conductors ; Boston renaissance ; The American muse again ; Treemonisha -- Interlude : Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar ---- Act five : technology, 1921-1950. Chicago and Samuel Insull ; Otto Kahn and the Metropolitan ; After the crash ; The Nordic winged victory ; Four saints and Porgy and Bess ; New Deal America in peace and war -- Interlude : Milton Cross ---- Act six : Empire, 1950- The new audience ; Marian Anderson ; New York opera ; The new places ; The song of the thrush ; Three operatic monuments ; Sarah Caldwell presents ; Mozart in America -- Finale : Maria Callas
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
xi, 611 p.
Isbn
9780300054965
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
92039971
Other physical details
ill., ports., music
System control number
  • 1059545-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1059545
  • (Sirsi) o26974819
  • (OCoLC)26974819
Label
Opera in America : a cultural history, John Dizikes
Publication
Note
"This publication has been supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities ..."--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 563-599) and index
Contents
Act one : origins, 1735-1836. The Garciás at the park ; England and Italy ; New Orleans ; Buildings and audiences ; Philadelphia ; Three American theaters ; A Columbia professor -- Interlude : Maria Malibran ---- Act two : Expansion 1836-1863. The Bohemian girl ; William Fry and the American muse ; Gold rush ; New Orleans and Havana ; The song of the nightingale ; Mario and three divas ; Boston ; Gardens and academies ; A letter from Max Maretzek ; Sweet Adeline -- Interlude : Walt Witman ---- Act three : monopoly 1863-1903. Erie, Eros and Offenbach ; Gilbert and Sullivan : from Gérolstein to Graustark ; The building of the Metropolitan Opera house ; The queen of song ; Leopold Damrosch and the triumph of Wagner ; Chicago ; On tour ; Local glories ; End of the century -- Interlude : Lillian Nordica ---- Act four : Modernism, 1903-1921. The Wagnerian aftermath ; Oscar and Goliath ; Whiskey per tutti ; Virtuoso conductors ; Boston renaissance ; The American muse again ; Treemonisha -- Interlude : Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar ---- Act five : technology, 1921-1950. Chicago and Samuel Insull ; Otto Kahn and the Metropolitan ; After the crash ; The Nordic winged victory ; Four saints and Porgy and Bess ; New Deal America in peace and war -- Interlude : Milton Cross ---- Act six : Empire, 1950- The new audience ; Marian Anderson ; New York opera ; The new places ; The song of the thrush ; Three operatic monuments ; Sarah Caldwell presents ; Mozart in America -- Finale : Maria Callas
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
xi, 611 p.
Isbn
9780300054965
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
92039971
Other physical details
ill., ports., music
System control number
  • 1059545-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1059545
  • (Sirsi) o26974819
  • (OCoLC)26974819

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