Grand opera The story of the Met

Charles Affron

Book - 2014

The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. Tracing the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron tell how the Met became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene. In this first new history of the company in thirty years, each of the chronologically sequenced chapters surveys a composer or a slice of the repertoire and brings to life dominant personalities and memorable perfo...rmances of the time. From the opening night Faust to the recent controversial production of Wagner's...

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Oakland, California : University of California Press [2014]
Physical Description
xviii, 449 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Charles Affron (author)
Other Authors
Mirella Jona Affron, 1937- (author)
  • A matter of boxes, 1883-1884 : bel canto
  • Cultural capital, 1884-1903 : the German seasons and French opera
  • Opera wars, 1903-1908 : Parsifal, Salome, and the Manhattan Opera Company
  • Modernity, 1908-1929 : Puccini
  • Hard times, 1929-1940 : Wagner
  • Strains of war, 1940-1950 : the conductor's opera
  • Stage business, 1950-1966 : Verdi
  • In transit, 1966-1975 : American opera
  • Maestro Assoluto, 1975-1990 : twentieth-century European opera and the Baroque
  • Patronage and Perestroika, 1990-2006 : American opera (redux) and Slavic opera
  • In the age of new media, 2006-2013.