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Opera and British Print Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century

Edited by Christina Fuhrmann and Alison Mero

Opera and British Print Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century explores the multiple points of interaction between British opera, print culture, and music in the long nineteenth century. Past scholarship has often used print as a simple conduit for information about opera in Britain, but this book embeds opera within the culture of Britain in the long nineteenth century, a culture inundated by print. The essays analyze how print culture both disseminated and shaped operatic culture; how the businesses of opera production and publishing intertwined; how performers and impresarios used print culture to cultivate their public persona; how issues of nationalism, class, and gender impacted reception in the periodical press; and how opera intertwined with literature, not only drawing source material from novels and plays, but also as a plot element in literary works or as a point of friction in literary circles. As the growth of digital humanities increases access to print sources, and as opera scholars move away from a focus on operas as isolated works, this study points the way forward to a richer understanding of the intersections between opera and print culture.

About the Editors

Christina Fuhrmann is Professor of Music at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and edits BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Her research has been published in venues such as The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature. Her book, Foreign Opera at the London Playhouses, from Mozart to Bellini (Cambridge University Press, 2015) received the Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music, awarded biennially by the North American British Music Studies Association. Alison Mero holds a PhD from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the discourse surrounding English-language opera in the nineteenth century. She has published in Notes and has an essay in Musicians of Bath and Beyond edited by Nicholas Temperley (Boydell, 2016). Currently she is executive managing editor at Clemson University Press where she acquires titles in music and manages production for all of Clemson’s academic books.

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Pages: 256 pages

Published: March 2023


ISBN: 978-1-638-04042-2




Studies in British Musical Cultures