Chapter

Becoming an Opera Fan

in The Opera Fanatic

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226043401
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0004
Becoming an Opera Fan

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This chapter provides an overview of the diverse instances through which people learn to love opera. It discusses the issues related to cultural membership and differentiation and mediation of opera fans, and it describes an initiation process to high culture and investigates how the opera fans learned what opera was. This chapter describes how opera fans learned to listen to opera through formal institutions such as opera-appreciation classes or informal ones such as the ticket lines or bus trips.

Keywords: opera fans; cultural membership; high culture; opera; opera-appreciation classes; ticket lines; bus trips

Chapter.  9069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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