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The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies
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With its powerful combination of music and theatre, opera is one of the most complex and yet immediate of all art forms. Once opera was studied only as 'a stepchild of musicology', but in the past two decades opera studies have experienced an explosion of energy with the introduction of new approaches drawn from disciplines such as social anthropology and performance studies to media theory, genre theory, gender studies and reception history. Written by leading scholars in opera studies today, this Companion offers a wide-ranging guide to a rapidly expanding field of study and new ways of thinking about a rich and intriguing art form, placing opera back at the centre of our understanding of Western culture over the past 400 years. This book gives lovers of opera as well as those studying the subject a comprehensive approach to the many facets of opera in the past and today.

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'In both the clarity of its organization and the uniformly high standard of the individual essays, this is an outstanding collection.'

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

'This is another useful addition to the Cambridge Companions to Music series, this time covering an area of music which has received less scholarly attention than others until the second half of the twentieth century … This is a scholarly book for the undergraduate or postgraduate student … although some opera fans of a more academic bent might find it of interest.'

Stella Thebridge Source: Reference Reviews

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