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This volume brings together ten essays focusing on the diversity of operatic institutions, their protagonists, and historical fortunes in Europe from 1730 to 1917. Its aim is not to understand operatic institutions as locally distinct and isolated organizations, but rather to perceive them as a part of a historically fluctuating, transnational network: a network that was shaped among other things by individual professionals and groups in the opera business (and beyond), as well as by specific socio-cultural and political surroundings. The volume offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics, including networks of cultural exchange, singers as agents in shaping institutional structures, and the influence of socio-cultural, diplomatic, and political factors on operatic production across international borders.
Cristina Scuderi is a musicologist at the University of Graz. She works primarily in the fields of opera studies, contemporary music, and music business.
Ingeborg Zechner is a musicologist at the University of Salzburg. Her main research areas are nineteenth-century opera, reception studies, and film music between the 1930s and 1960s.