Opera on the Road

Opera on the Road : Traveling Opera Troupes in the United States, 1825-60

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Katherine K. Preston leads the reader on an operatic tour of pre-Civil War America in this cultural study of what was, surprisingly, an almost ubiquitous art form. Her richly detailed examination of itinerant troupes covers orchestral and choral musicians as well as stars, impresarios, business methods, repertories, advertising techniques, itineraries, sizes of companies, and methods of travel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 151.1 x 227.3 x 26.7mm | 746.47g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 025207002X
  • 9780252070020

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"Preston has skillfully blazed a trail through an important and largely neglected period in American operatic history. This truly scholarly work has been scrupulously and lovingly researched." -- Eugene H. Cropsey, Opera Quarterly Praise for Cloth "[Opera on the Road] challenges fashionable assumptions about mid-nineteenth-century American class and culture, the roles of the sexes, and popular and informed taste... In the powerful spotlight Preston shines on the complex actualities of nineteenth-century American music, it becomes clear that all you [needed] to enjoy opera was not a silk hat and ivory-tipped cane but just the price of admission." -- Victor Fell Yellin, Opera Quarterly "[Preston's] meticulous documentation of performances and the tours of companies and singers creates ... a vivid sense of how intense and important operatic entertainment was to Americans before the Civil War... [I]nvaluable to all future scholars." -- Leon Botstein, Times Literary Supplement "If there were any doubt that opera was a popular event during the early years of this nation, then Preston's formidably researched account of the whos, whats and finances of traveling opera should convince any skeptics... Fascinating reading." -- Glenn Giffin, Denver Postshow more