Is Anyone Listening?

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:
Is Anyone Listening?

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This chapter contrasts the audience for contemporary music theater with the audience for traditional opera, arguing that a given performance in a certain place with a certain audience can totally change the reality of a piece or its performance. It addresses the following questions: What brings an audience into the theater? Are audiences now more global than local? What is the relationship between audiences, media and performance space? How have the changes in technological culture affected the relationship between the audience, the performer, and the work?

Keywords: audience; contemporary music theater; traditional opera

Chapter.  6166 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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