Opera Production and Civic Musical Life in 1870s Montreal
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摘要This article explores the origins and productions of the Societe Canadienne d'Operette et d'Opera de Montreal, a short-lived opera company active in the late 1870s. Headed by Calixa Lavallee and Frantz Jehin Prume, the Societe was established in part as a result of a decree that forbade the use mixed choirs throughout the archdiocese, and consequently made obsolete Lavallee's choir at Saint-Jacques Church. Following the success of their first production, Lavallee and Prume realized that the company might be used as a stepping-stone to the creation of a government-funded music school, modelled on the Paris Conservatoire. This article explores the social and political context in which the Societe was created, and details the staging and reception of its productions of Gounod's Jeanne d'Arc and Boieldieu's La Dame blanche. In selecting these works for performance, the organizers responded to demands and constraints of a society accustomed to popular entertainment from the US and under pressure from the conservative and influential Catholic Church. They were works that were feasible to produce and likely to be successful in a city whose population was divided by religion, language and cultural traditions.
著者THOMPSON Brian Christopher
期刊名稱Nineteenth-Century Music Review
出版社Cambridge University Press
出版地United Kingdom, Cambridge
頁次219 - 238

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