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The Opera

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

in T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813034010
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034010.003.0007
The Opera

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Eliot was already familiar with the opera and operetta before he went to Paris as his older brother had taken him to watch The Merry Widow in 1905. Although Eliot is known to have knowledge about and an appreciation for opera, the influence of the Parisian operatic scene has often gone unnoticed. This chapter attempts to reconstruct the revival of Debussy's only opera, productions of Tristan und Isolde and Der Ring des Nibelungen by Wagner, the premiere of Ravel's first opera, and other such operatic offerings, to demonstrate several different influences of the opera on Eliot's works. The chapter provides information regarding the performances and the venues in which these operas were held, recent and modern operas, and Wagnerian opera.

Keywords: Wagnerian opera; modern operas; venues; Tristan und Isolde; Der Ring des Nibelungen; Debussy; Ravel

Chapter.  9316 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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