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The New Music TheaterSeeing the Voice, Hearing the Body$
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Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099362.001.0001

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Is Anyone Listening?

Is Anyone Listening?

(p.360) Chapter 22 Is Anyone Listening?
The New Music Theater

Eric Salzman

Thomas Desi

Oxford University Press

This chapter contrasts the audience for contemporary music theater with the audience for traditional opera, arguing that a given performance in a certain place with a certain audience can totally change the reality of a piece or its performance. It addresses the following questions: What brings an audience into the theater? Are audiences now more global than local? What is the relationship between audiences, media and performance space? How have the changes in technological culture affected the relationship between the audience, the performer, and the work?

Keywords:   audience, contemporary music theater, traditional opera

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