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“The Largest and Most Enthusiastic Audience That Ever Has Assembled in the City”: The National Opera Company of 1887

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251397
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933835 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0002
“The Largest and Most Enthusiastic Audience That Ever Has Assembled in the City”: The National Opera Company of 1887

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This chapter discusses the National Opera Company of 1887, which was formerly known as the American Opera Company. Its main purpose was to raise the standards of operatic performance around the country and to control large-scale operatic performances as self-consciously “American” by singing in English and including Americans as part of the cast. The chapter also focuses on the effects the National Opera Company had when it traveled to Los Angeles and describes the other commercial entertainment that was available in the city during the time.

Keywords: National Opera Company; American Opera Company; operatic performance; commercial entertainment

Chapter.  3412 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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