Enacting the nation on stage: styles, subjects, and themes in American opera librettos of the 1910s
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DepartmentTowson University. Department of Music
Citation of Original PublicationZiegel, Aaron. “Enacting the Nation on Stage: Style, Subjects, and Themes in American Opera Librettos of the 1910s.” The Opera Journal 42, no. 1/2 (Mar. 2009): 3–21. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ibh&AN=102828376&site=ehost-live&scope=sitez.
The article focuses on six staged operas of 1910s with national style. Topics discussed include operas with a theme of racial encounter such as "Natoma" by Victor Herbert, opera "Azora" by Henry Hadley showing the fall of Aztec empire of emperor Montezuma, picturization of Indians in American culture in all the operas, use of dramaturgy adopted from the Europeans for the characters of the opera and the libretto problem faced by the operas.