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The American Opera Company: Good Intentions, Managerial Disaster

Katherine K. Preston

in Opera for the People: English-Language Opera and Women Managers in Late 19th-Century America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199371655
eISBN:
9780199371679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199371655.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

This chapter focuses on the philanthropist Jeannette Thurber, who founded the American (National) Opera Company (1885) to encourage high-caliber performances of continental operas translated into ... More


Contextualizing Race and Gender in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Naomi André

in Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041921
eISBN:
9780252050619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter addresses Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess story as it was told in 1935 awash in minstrel characterizations and then adapted in 2011 on Broadway to rethink how the depth inherent in the ... More


Landmark Status: 1954–1989

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Show Boat entered the American opera house in 1954 and has slowly solidified its position as appropriate for the opera stage during a period when racial stereotypes on the ... More


Producing Fairyland, 1915

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251397
eISBN:
9780520933835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the production of Fairyland, a progressive musical project that was launched in 1915 and which involved Progressive idealism and municipal pride, and presented the idea of a ... More


“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: Transforming the Popular

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251397
eISBN:
9780520933835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

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 ... More


Porgy and Bess on Disc, Film, and the Concert Stage

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0034
Subject:
Music, History, American

During the original Broadway run of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin prepared a five-movement orchestral suite, allegedly hoping in this way to salvage some of the music cut from the Theatre Guild ... More


The Forties: Ascent and Blacklist

Barry Seldes

in Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520257641
eISBN:
9780520943070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257641.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at Bernstein's rise in the classical musical world, as well as his initial steps towards being a political activist. It then discusses Bernstein's collaboration with Jerome Robbins ... More


Necessarily So: 1933–1935

Philip Fuma

in Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195115703
eISBN:
9780199853144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1926, during one of his frequent insomniac nights, George Gershwin picked up DuBose Heyward's best-selling novel Porgy, hoping it would help him fall asleep. Instead, he was inspired by the ... More


William Henry Fry, Operatic Translator

Douglas W. Shadle

in Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199358649
eISBN:
9780199358670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358649.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

Journalist and aspiring composer William Henry Fry came of age in Philadelphia, a city where theatrical entertainment, including opera, flourished after the turn of the century. During the 1830s and ... More


From West End to Rochester

David Luhrssen

in Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136769
eISBN:
9780813141336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

While in London, Mamoulian worked with other émigré actors and directed a play based on the Russian Revolution at St. James Theatre (1922). He accepted an invitation from tycoon George Eastman to ... More


The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work

Howard Pollack

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190458294
eISBN:
9780190458324
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Born into a poor Virginian family, John Treville Latouche (1914–1956), in his short life, made a profound mark on America’s musical theater as a lyricist and librettist. The wit and skill of his ... More


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