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An Opera House for the “Paris of South America”

in The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226043401
eISBN:
9780226043432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter describes the Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It explains that the opera house was established in 1857 and was since then considered as the main square of, not just the ... More


“They were playing in their shirtsleeves!”: Downfall, Memory Work, and High-Culture Nationalism

in The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226043401
eISBN:
9780226043432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter examines how opera fans have reacted to the conflicts between house employees of the Colón Opera House and the city government which resulted in the rescheduling of some shows. It shows ... More


“It was love at first sight”: Biography and Social Trajectory of Standing-Room Dwellers

in The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226043401
eISBN:
9780226043432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter presents a biography of the Colón Opera House and examines the social trajectory of the opera fanatics who occupy the upper floors of the Colón Opera House. It presents the life stories ... More


The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Claudio E. Benzecry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226043401
eISBN:
9780226043432
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Though some dismiss opera as old-fashioned, it shows no sign of disappearing from the world's stage. So why do audiences continue to flock to it? Given its association with wealth, one might imagine ... More


Introduction

in The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226043401
eISBN:
9780226043432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is the ethnography of opera fanatics. This volume explores the affectionate character of the attachment to opera and how it is used ... More


“We've told you all about our life”: Conclusions and Implications

in The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226043401
eISBN:
9780226043432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the opera fans at the Colón Opera House. It explores the sociological significance of opera and the complex forms of emotional attachment to the ... More


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