RUSSIAN OPERA: Musicologist challenges traditional views of Russian music, opera, culture

EVANSTON, Ill. — In an acclaimed book that has been called a “welcome intervention” in gender studies and music, a Northwestern University musicologist explores how Catherine the Great and three other female monarchs who ruled Russia for most of the 18th century used opera to champion their political power. Written by Bienen School of Music […]

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OPERA: It makes less sense than ever – but it isn’t ready to die

  From the archives: In today’s economic climate, opera houses are in trouble. Yet at the same time, more people are watching opera than ever before. What’s going on, asks Rupert Christiansen. It seemed all too grimly appropriate last week that Opera Europa – the umbrella support group and talking-shop for European opera houses – […]

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