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The Gilded Stage: A Social and Cultural History of Opera Daniel Snowman Wednesday 08 April 2020

A richly illustrated history of an art form that incorporates all the others. From the birth of opera in Renaissance Italy we move to Louis XIV’s Versailles, Handel’s London, Mozart’s Vienna, Verdi’s Italy and Wagner’s Germany, Gilded Age America and the worldwide spread of opera in the 20th century. During the course of this magnificent Grand Tour of the mind, we consider patronage of the arts, the changing nature of audiences, theatrical architecture and stage design and the impact of new technologies such as electric lighting, recording, photography and film.