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Changing Face of Opera in America

Title: The Changing Face of Opera in America: Musical Theatre on the American Operatic Stage.

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Name(s): Moniz, Justin John, author
Jones, Evan Thomas, professor directing treatise
Thomas, André J. (André Jerome), 1952-, university representative
Chandler, Yuell, committee member
Okerlund, David, committee member
Seaton, Gayle E., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Music, degree granting college
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (77 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The publication and exchange of information surrounding musical theatre on the American operatic stage has previously focused on only a small sample of top-tier opera houses within the United States. There is a lack of comprehensive information that explicates the increasing occurrence of the musical theatre repertory within the twenty-first century’s operatic seasons. Qualitative and quantitative research of American opera companies adopting such models helps increase the transparency of industry trends and their effects on opera’s evolving twenty-first century programming models. The main portion of this research focused on interviews with six industry professionals from recognized American opera houses known to produce musical theatre. Data was collected from company archives in conjunction with OPERA America’s membership directory and Operabase in order to identify the frequency with which musical theatre is programmed in these opera houses. Directors provided reasoning and explanations for programming selections and their effects on their respective organizations, highlighting any changes in audience size or demographic and the impact on the production and casting processes. Results show a significant increase in the number of musicals produced by American opera companies within the last ten years. The most frequently performed titles include Sweeney Todd, Candide, Show Boat, Man of La Mancha, and Carousel. Musical theatre is becoming more prevalent in twenty-first century operatic programming; for example, Lyric Opera of Chicago recently committed to producing all of the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. If these types of trends continue, musical theatre may well find a new permanent home on the American operatic stage. Titles including Carousel, A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, and The King and I continue to be included within the operatic repertoire and may soon be as common an offering as La bohème or La traviata.
Identifier: FSU_FALL2017_Moniz_fsu_0071E_14192 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: October 25, 2017.
Keywords: 21st century, musical theatre, opera, repertoire
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Evan Thomas Jones, Professor Directing Treatise; André Thomas, University Representative; Yuell Chandler, Committee Member; David Okerlund, Committee Member; Gayle Seaton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Moniz, J. J. (2017). The Changing Face of Opera in America: Musical Theatre on the American Operatic Stage. Retrieved from