The Genre of National Opera in a European Comparative Perspective

Philipp Ther

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Genre of National Opera in a European Comparative Perspective

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This article looks at the nationalization of opera, which was the result of an increase in cultural transfers. It demonstrates that nationalism shaped many of the features of opera history, as well as its artistic and institutional levels. It notes that the share of indigenous work in the collection of opera theaters in continental Europe rose, and that the process of nationalization resulted from the context of the “age of nationalism” and the efforts of music composers and critics.

Keywords: nationalization; opera; cultural transfers; nationalism; opera history; indigenous work; age of nationalism

Article.  13853 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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