A brilliant and handsomely produced volume about the opera world—on the stage and behind it.
The fascinating and highly readable social history of the world's most romantic, flamboyant, glamorous, and politically influential art-form: opera. Opera, the most complex of all the performance arts, inspires great passions. From its beginnings in the Renaissance cities of northern Italy it has permeated through Europe, America, and beyond, becoming a global business in the digital age. The Gilded Stage unwraps the story of opera from the charm and chaos of Mozart's Vienna to Frederick the Great's Berlin, the lure of fin-de-siècle Paris, the rough and tumble of the Australian outback, and the new world of the Americas: colorful backdrops to the always dramatic, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious episodes that make up this rich and fascinating story.