The introduction outlines the topics covered within the book and the critical methodologies used to examine them. It explains the reasons for the emergence of the 1920s 'battle of the brows', before explaining why opera's place within it was complex. In order to provide background for the issues under consideration in the 1920s context, the introduction outlines how opera's social and cultural status had changed across the course of the previous century, from being an elite form of entertainment in the early nineteenth century to something far more populist by 1900. The introduction explains the centrality of opera to broader cultural debates of the 1920s, and makes the case for examining British operatic culture during this period. It outlines the scope of the book in terms of topics covered and methodology, and discusses the main journalistic sources used, before outlining the organisation of material into chapters.
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