|Author||: Daniel Snowman|
|Publisher||: Atlantic Books Ltd|
|Total Pages||: 497|
|Rating||: 4/5 (367 Downloads)|
Download or read book The Gilded Stage written by Daniel Snowman and published by Atlantic Books Ltd. This book was released on 2010-11-01 with total page 497 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Gilded Stage is a comprehensive tour of the world of opera. From its origins in the courts of northern Italy, to its internationally recognised position in modern culture, Snowman explores the social history of opera houses and impresarios, composers and patrons, artists and audiences. Even the most flamboyant composers could scarcely have imagined the global reach of opera in our own times. More opera is performed, financed, seen, heard, filmed and broadcast than ever before, and the world's leading performers are worshipped and paid like pop stars. Yet the art form is widely derided as 'elitist' and parts of the classical recording business appear close to bankruptcy. Pinpointing the scandals, forgotten history and key revolutions in the form with light erudition and a brilliant anecdotal eye, Daniel Snowman reveals that the world of opera has always known crisis and uncertainty - and the resulting struggles have often proved every bit as dramatic as those portrayed onstage.