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The Gilded Stage By Daniel Snowman

The Gilded Stage by Daniel Snowman

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The first and only global social history of the world's most romantic, flamboyant, glamorous and politically influential art-form: opera.

'A mighty achievement, by far and away the best history of opera available.' Tim Blanning, Literary Review

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The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera by Daniel Snowman

The Gilded Stage is a comprehensive tour of the world of opera. From its origins in the courts of northern Italy, to its internationally recognised position in modern culture, Snowman explores the social history of opera houses and impresarios, composers and patrons, artists and audiences.

Even the most flamboyant composers could scarcely have imagined the global reach of opera in our own times. More opera is performed, financed, seen, heard, filmed and broadcast than ever before, and the world's leading performers are worshipped and paid like pop stars. Yet the art form is widely derided as 'elitist' and parts of the classical recording business appear close to bankruptcy. Pinpointing the scandals, forgotten history and key revolutions in the form with light erudition and a brilliant anecdotal eye, Daniel Snowman reveals that the world of opera has always known crisis and uncertainty - and the resulting struggles have often proved every bit as dramatic as those portrayed onstage.

The Gilded Stage Reviews

'A mighty achievement, by far and away the best history of opera available.' Tim Blanning, Literary Review

About Daniel Snowman

Daniel Snowman was born in London. A Lecturer at Sussex University in his twenties, he went on to work at the BBC where he was responsible for a wide variety of radio series on cultural and historical topics. A long-time member of the London Philharmonic Choir, and currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), his books include critical portraits of the Amadeus Quartet and Placido Domingo and, more recently, Historians and a study of the cultural impact of The Hitler Emigres.

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GOR010397374
The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera by Daniel Snowman
Used - Like New
Paperback
Atlantic Books
2010-11-01
496
1843544679
9781843544678
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