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Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain

Alexandra Wilson


Opera in the Jazz Age examines the place of opera in the contemporary ‘battle of the brows’: a debate, prompted by the growth of the mass entertainment industry, about the extent to which art forms ought to be labelled ‘highbrow’, ‘middlebrow’, or ‘lowbrow’. The book considers this question from a number of viewpoints, examining topics including: the audience for opera during the period; opera’s interactions with forms of popular culture including jazz, film, and middlebrow novels; and the ways in which different types and nationalities of opera were categorised differently. A number of signif ... More

Keywords: opera, 1920s, highbrow, middlebrow, critic, celebrity, singer, class, national identity, film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190912666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Wilson, author
Professor of Music and Cultural History, Oxford Brookes University