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Television opera : the fall of opera commissioned for television

Author: Jennifer Barnes
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Television Opera - that is, opera commissioned for television - was one of the earliest attempts by television to bridge the distinction between high culture and popular culture: between 1951 and 2002, in Britain and the United States, over fifty operas were commissioned for television."
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Cas, Études de
Named Person: Gian Carlo Menotti; Benjamin Britten; Gerald Barry; Gian Carlo Menotti; Benjamin Britten; Gerald Barry; Benjamin Britten; Gian Carlo Menotti
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Barnes
ISBN: 0851159125 9780851159126
OCLC Number: 50410208
Description: x, 124 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 'A daring experiment' --
Britten, opera and television --
Trial by television.
Responsibility: Jennifer Barnes.

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The conventions of television and their impact on composer and opera are discussed, with particular reference to Amahl and the Night Visitors, Owen Wingrave, and The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit.  Read more...

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The book's downbeat subtitle says it all: the genre seems to be dying on its shaky feet. It is a slightly esoteric subject, but one the author has pursued with laudable persistence based on extensive Read more...

 
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