Introduction: What Is Music Theater?

Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195099362
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864737 | DOI:
Introduction: What Is Music Theater?

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What is music theater? This is a fairly recent coinage in English, which can function as an “inclusive” term for all forms of theater based in music or music-and-dance (in which case opera is only a specialized historical form of music theater) and sometimes (as we use it here) as an “exclusive” term to refer to recent developments outside of traditional opera, operetta, and musicals. The crisis of opera is, at least in part, a reflection of the fact that opera is no longer at the apex of the arts, a role that has been taken over by new media. The “return” of music theater and its involvement with new media and new technologies is both the revival of something old, but also something new and ongoing.

Keywords: music theater; opera; operetta; musicals; new media; new technologies

Chapter.  3328 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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