August 26 2019
April 2, 2019
Social and cultural historian Daniel Snowman looks at the history of opera from its origins in the courts of northern Italy to its place in modern culture.
Snowman looks at the social history of opera houses and impresarios, composers and patrons, artists and audiences. He says the world of opera has always been beset by crisis and uncertainty and the struggles it has overgone have been just as dramatic as those portrayed on the stage.
Snowman is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and was recently lecturing about opera history at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His books include critical portraits of the Amadeus Quartet and of Plácido Domingo, and a study of the cultural impact of the Hitler émigrés.More information
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