Opera Odyssey: Toward a History of Opera in Nineteenth-Century America

Opera Odyssey: Toward a History of Opera in Nineteenth-Century America

by June Ottenberg


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Ottenberg synthesizes material from a variety of sources—annals, memoirs, and scholarly sources—and, with them, weaves a coherent narrative of what was performed where, by whom, and what developments took place. Works, companies, and individual singers are discussed to reveal the 19th-century world of performance styles and audience expectations. This is a fascinating look at a relatively unexplored part of American musical and cultural history; the book casts new light on opera in America—its variety, popularity, and appeal to changing audiences throughout the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313278419
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/25/1994
Series: Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance Series , #32
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)

About the Author

JUNE C. OTTENBERG is Professor of Music History Emerita at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, where she taught for many years. Her work with music in America has focused on musicians and music that immigrated to America from such places as England, Scotland, and Moravia. She contributes to various journals, has a chapter in the forthcoming Opera in the Golden West, and regularly publishes reviews of recordings in High/Performance Review.

Table of Contents



Setting the Stage

English Influence to 1825

English and "Englished" Opera: 1825-1847

European versus English Style: 1847-1865

Contemporary European Opera: 1865-1883

A Turn to German Opera: 1883-1900


Selected Bibliography


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