Phantasmagoria: A Sociology of Opera

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David Trevor Evans
Ashgate/Arena, 1999 - Music - 489 pages
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This is an exploration of contemporary discourses and practices on and around opera as a cultural form. This text examines such areas as high art, popular entertainment and star performers. The main aim of the book is not to give a history of opera, or to be an encyclopaedia of opera, but to provide a comprehensive sociological account of opera's current socio-cultural standing, contemporary representations of opera and opera's fragmented incorporation into mass or popular commercial culture.

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Opera as music text drama and theatre
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