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The Play of PossibilitiesSerfs Enacting Aristocrats, Countesses Playing Peasants

Inna Naroditskaya

in Bewitching Russian Opera: The Tsarina from State to Stage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195340587
eISBN:
9780199918218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340587.003.0022
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The image of Aniuta (likely from French Annette) proliferated the eighteenth-century Russian comic operas, played in private theatres by serfs troupes and aristocratic dilettantes. These comic operas ... More


A Sucessful, Majestic Stage: The Mandarin Theater, 1924–1926

Nancy Yunhwa Rao

in Chinatown Opera Theater in North America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040566
eISBN:
9780252099007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040566.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Opera

Mandarin Theater’s opening in 1924 was remarkable for it was the first Chinese theater built after the 1906 earthquake and fire. This chapter provides a detailed look at the first three years of the ... More


1888–1889 “I Have Lost the Liking for Writing Comic Opera”

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan: A Dual Biography

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195147698
eISBN:
9780199849437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0024
Subject:
Music, Popular

Arthur Sullivan left for the south of France, crossing over from Calais on a “special” boat with the Prince of Wales and Reuben Sassoon. After supper with the prince in Calais, Sullivan and Sassoon ... More


The Witch of the Wood and the Bamboo Tree

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the first two decades of the twentieth century, when musical forms were both consolidating and evolving. Musicals were either romantic or satiric, but the two ... More


Comic Opera: Mimesis Exploded

Roger Mathew Grant

in Peculiar Attunements: How Affect Theory Turned Musical

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823288069
eISBN:
9780823290413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823288069.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter concerns eighteenth-century comic opera, which emerged as a metatheatrical commentary on the conventions of aristocratic, serious opera. In its mockery of neo-classical mimesis, comic ... More


Effie Ober and the Boston Ideal Opera Company, 1879–1885

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/9780199371655.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Opera

This chapter focuses on the Boston Ideal Opera Company, a comic opera troupe. Its founder, Effie Hinckley Ober, was not a performer, but a businesswoman who owned one of the first musical management ... More


Satirizing the Congress: Ancient Balladry and Literary Taste

Philip Gould

in Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199967896
eISBN:
9780199346073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967896.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

As Congress aimed to legitimize itself as the colonial political authority, it published numerous articles and declarations written in a dignified style of eighteenth-century state papers. Loyalists ... More


1885–1887 Ruddigore

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan: A Dual Biography

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195147698
eISBN:
9780199849437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0021
Subject:
Music, Popular

In a letter to Alfred Watson, William Gilbert suggested that the ghost music was “out of place in a comic opera. It is as though one inserted fifty lines of Paradise Lost into a farcical comedy.” ... More


The Age of Burlesque

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the nineteenth century. The discussions include the development of the burlesque; the first American musical (at any rate, the first famous one): Edward ... More


Laugh and Grow Fat: Minstrelsy and Burlesque

David Monod

in The Soul of Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702389
eISBN:
9781501703997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702389.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents the The Three Fra Diavolos that opened at Mitchell's Olympic Theatre in 1884. It told the story of three rich young gentlemen who are smitten by three rich young ladies. The ... More


Classical Epic in Early Musical Theatre: The Case of Kane O’Hara’s Midas

Henry Stead

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0031
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter is about Kane O’Hara’s Midas as a performance of the myth found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. As a musical theatre piece it was first performed in Ireland in the 1760s. As a relatively short ... More


The Metamorphosis of a Greek Comedy and its Protagonist: Some Musical Versions of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

Simone Beta

in Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199558551
eISBN:
9780191808432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter asks why Aristophanes' Lysistrata has been so successful in the last centuries, and why is this success still lasting. What reasons have persuaded so many playwrights to put new words ... More


Arthur Sullivan: A Life of Divine Emollient

Ian Bradley

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198863267
eISBN:
9780191895692
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863267.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Arthur Sullivan is almost certainly the best loved and most widely performed British composer in history. Although best known for his comic opera collaborations with W.S. Gilbert, it was his ... More


Introduction

Ian Bradley

in Arthur Sullivan: A Life of Divine Emollient

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198863267
eISBN:
9780191895692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863267.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The critical reception of the 2018 recording of The Light of the World oratorio marked a milestone in the rehabilitation and rediscovery of Arthur Sullivan’s sacred music. Whereas in his lifetime, he ... More


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