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The Cambridge Companion to Operetta
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Those whose thoughts of musical theatre are dominated by the Broadway musical will find this book a revelation. From the 1850s to the early 1930s, when urban theatres sought to mount glamorous musical entertainment, it was to operetta that they turned. It was a form of musical theatre that crossed national borders with ease and was adored by audiences around the world. This collection of essays by an array of international scholars examines the key figures in operetta in many different countries. It offers a critical and historical study of the widespread production of operetta and of the enthusiasm with which it was welcomed. Furthermore, it challenges nationalistic views of music and approaches operetta as a cosmopolitan genre. This Cambridge Companion contributes to a widening appreciation of the music of operetta and a deepening knowledge of the cultural importance of operetta around the world.

Reviews

'… finally, a collection of essays published by Cambridge University Press makes some of these new debates [about operetta] available to an English speaking audience … a great overview of many new trends in scholarship … attractively packaged and priced.'

Kevin Clarke Source: Operetta Research Center

'… the editors can be congratulated on the breadth and variety of the contents. Aimed at varying levels of knowledge as the chapters are, the book should provide informative reading for operetta students of a wide range of knowledge …'

Andrew Lamb Source: www.zarzuela.net

‘I defy you not to learn something and expand your knowledge by reading this Companion. It is also the sort of book to return to again and again to look up a reference, or to find information in one of the many bibliographies. In short, a veritable mine of information and well worth the small price asked … Highly recommended!’

John Groves Source: Operetta Research Center

'[This book] deserves to take its place ... on the short (but growing) bookshelf of every operetta lover.'

Richard Bratby Source: Gramophone

‘The 18 essays in this excellent compendium look at the origin, development, and distinct national characteristics of various types of light musical dramatic types that came to be known collectively as operetta … this book will interest scholars of Jewish studies as well as scholars of music and drama. The bibliography is excellent, as are lists of books and films … Highly recommended.’

W. E. Grim Source: Choice

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