First published in 1994. This study sets out to investigate English opera from 1834 to 1864. The author attempts to understand the circumstances influencing the development of English nineteenth-century opera, its characteristic features, and the reasons why these traits held sway. This title will be of great interest to students of art and cultural history.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Garland Edition; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Theatrical and Literary Background 2. The Conventions of the English Opera Libretto: Plot and Character 3. The Librettists’ Craft 4. The Operatic Background 5. Barnett 6. Loder 7. Balfe 8. Wallace 9. Benedict 10. Macfarren; Conclusion; Examples; List of English Operas first performed between 1834 and 1864; Bibliography; Index