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The Music RoadCoherence and Diversity in Music from the Mediterranean to India$
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Reinhard Strohm

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266564

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266564.001.0001

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European Itinerant Opera and Operetta Companies Touring in the Near and Middle East

European Itinerant Opera and Operetta Companies Touring in the Near and Middle East

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(p.318) 16 European Itinerant Opera and Operetta Companies Touring in the Near and Middle East
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The Music Road
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Avra Xepapadako

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266564.003.0016

Τ‎his chapter focuses on the activity of musical theatre companies touring in south-eastern Europe, the Near East, the Caucasus and Central Asia during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It investigates cultural transfer and amalgamation between the metropolitan culture of the West and the Orient in the domain of opera and operetta. Greece, in particular, functioned as a cultural crossroads between East and West. From 1840 onwards, Italian opera companies began to tour in Greece and its new theatres, and even further towards the Near East; they were followed, from 1870 onwards, by French operetta and vaudeville companies. In the last decades of the 19th century, these French artists expanded their itineraries towards the East, beyond familiar geographical boundaries, tracing their own small odysseys on the map. The chapter charts and presents these traces, attempting to shed light on an unexplored area of the world history of music and theatre.

Keywords:   Operetta, itinerant companies, Greece, Near East, musical theatre, westernisation

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