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Published: 12 May 2016

456 Pages | 72 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199392544

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Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet

Ann Satterthwaite

  • 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, especially in case studies in Colorado, 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 socio-cultural nature of these halls
  • Assesses different roles of these multi-purpose halls in providing communal creative energy in nineteenth century and today