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'Illuminating Gustavus the Third and the Art of Spectacle in 1830s London'

Alexander, Tamsin. 2017. 'Illuminating Gustavus the Third and the Art of Spectacle in 1830s London'. Cambridge Opera Journal, 29(1), pp. 33-52. ISSN 0954-5867 [Article]

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To turn to 1830s London is to explore a time and place newly obsessed with the eye and with lighting technologies. Understanding how opera was experienced at this time, therefore, requires that visuality be brought to the fore. One staging in particular, that of Gustavus the Third, adapted from Daniel Auber’s Gustave III for Covent Garden in 1833, reveals how new discussions about light and vision were influencing responses to opera. While London adaptations of French grands opéras in the nineteenth century have often been dismissed as shabby imitations, critics insisted that the spectacle in Gustavus outstripped anything that had ever been done in Paris. The reason, I propose, was the source and focus of that spectacle: light.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954586717000039

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music

Dates:

DateEvent
19 October 2016Accepted
11 October 2017Published

Item ID:

20269

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2017 09:48

Last Modified:

08 Nov 2017 09:25

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20269

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