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The Urbanization of Opera: Music Theater in Paris in the Nineteenth Century
by Anselm Gerhard
translated by Mary Whittall
University of Chicago Press, 1998
Paper: 978-0-226-28858-1 | Cloth: 978-0-226-28857-4
Library of Congress Classification ML1727.8.P2G3813 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 782.109443610903

Anselm Gerhard explores the origins of grand opéra, arguing that its aesthetic innovations (both musical and theatrical) reflected not bourgeois tastes, but changes in daily life and psychological outlook produced by the rapid urbanization of Paris. These larger urban and social concerns—crucial to our understanding of nineteenth-century opera—are brought to bear in fascinating discussions of eight operas composed by Rossini, Auber, Meyerbeer, Verdi, and Louise Bertin.

"An invaluable look at this fascinating genre."—George W. Loomis, Opera News

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