Cambridge Opera Journal

The Owl, the Nightingale and the Jew in the Thorn-bush: Relocating Anti-Semitism in Die Meistersinger
Cambridge Opera Journal (2016) Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 1-35

For the past twenty-five years a key piece of evidence for an anti-Semitic subtext in Wagner's Die Meistersinger has been identified in the Grimm Brothers' anti-Semitic tale 'The Jew in the Thorn-bush' and a possible allusion to this in the ...

Osip Petrov, Anna Petrova-Vorobyova and the Development of Low-Voiced Character Types in Nineteenth-Century Russian Opera
Cambridge Opera Journal (2016) Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 37-77

This article delves into the lives and careers of two significant Russian singers: the bass Osip Petrov and his wife, the mezzo-soprano Anna Vorobyova, who created or inspired leading roles in operas by Glinka, Dargomïzhsky and Musorgsky. Over the course ...

Delirious Hopes: Napoleonic Milan and the Rise of Modern Italian Operatic Criticism
Cambridge Opera Journal (2015) Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 97-127

This article explores the relationship between politics, society and culture in Napoleonic Milan (1796-1814) on the one hand, and opera reviews published in the city's periodical press at the time on the other. This relationship is worth discussing for two ...

Discovering America: From Paul Bunyan to Peter Grimes
Cambridge Opera Journal (2015) Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 129-153

Britten and Auden's 'choral operetta' Paul Bunyan, written in New York in 1939-41, has often been seen as out of touch with its American context and as an anomalous precursor to the triumphant Peter Grimes (1945). A closer look, however, ...

Unreliable Authors, Unreliable History: Opera in Joe Wright's Adaptation of Atonement
Cambridge Opera Journal (2015) Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 155-174

Music is frequently overlooked by scholars of adaptation, who concentrate primarily on questions of literary and visual transformation. Undertaking a close reading of a pivotal scene in Joe Wright's Atonement, this article demonstrates the vital contribution music can make to ...

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Containing lively and provocative essays, Cambridge Opera Journal has a well-established reputation for publishing first-rate scholarship on opera in all its manifestations. The Journal not only contains material on all aspects of the European canon, it has now widened its scope to publish high-quality essays on American opera and musical theatre, on non-Western music theatres, on contemporary works. Carefully researched and often illustrated with music examples and pictures, articles adopt a wide spectrum of critical approaches. As well as major articles, each issue generally includes reviews of recent publications of importance in the field.

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