Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture

Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture

by Paul Fryer (Editor)


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This collection of essays explores the relationship between opera and the development of media technology from the late 19th to the early 21st century. Taking an international perspective, the contributing authors, each with extensive experience as scholars or practitioners of the art, cover a variety of topics including audio, video and film recording, contemporary critical responses, popular and "high brow" culture, live and recorded performance, lighting and performance technology, media marketing and advertising.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786473298
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2014
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Fryer is a professor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance (UK), where he is the director of The Stanislavski Centre and editor-in-chief of the journal, Stanislavski Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Business of Opera: Opera, Advertising and the Return to Popular Culture Paul Fryer 7

Making Culture Popular: Opera and the Media Industries Sam O'Connell 32

Opera Criticism: State of the Art and Beyond Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe 43

Gods and Heroes or Monsters of the Media? Trevor Siemens 65

Opera and the Audio Recording Industry Robert Cannon 89

Opera Singers as Pop Stars: Opera Within the Popular Music Industry Christopher Newell George Newell 116

Cross-Cuts and Arias: The Language of Film and Its Impact on Opera Kevin Stephens 149

Opera on Optical Video Disc, or the Latest (and Final?) Avatar of the Gesamtkunstwerk Pierre Bellemare 173

Wunderkammer: Light as a Scenographic and Dramaturgical Tool in Opera Hansjörg Schmidt 198

Opera, Art and Industrial Production: Lighting at the Royal Opera House, London Nick Hunt 212

After The Twilight of the Gods: Opera Experiments, New Media and the Opera of the Future Michael Earley 229

About the Contributors 249

Index 251

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