Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 March 2016

456 Pages | 87 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199392544

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Local Glories

Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet

Ann Satterthwaite

  • A comprehensive study of mainly rural opera houses focusing on history, theater, opera, entertainment, immigrants, architecture, and planning and the actors, patrons, impresarios, and audiences that sustained them in different states
  • Uses case studies from Maine, Colorado, New York, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Vermont
  • Suggests that small town opera houses, mostly ventures of local patrons, feature distinctly American aspirations of cultural entrepreneurism and civic optimism
  • Stresses the social and cultural nature of these halls
  • Assesses different roles of these multi-purpose halls in providing communal creative energy in the nineteenth century and today