Posted by: Janine | September 15, 2009

Music

Across the Empire
Identities created
Opera led the way.

Esmeralda Rocha

University of Western Australia

Ph.D. Title: ‘Operatic performance practice across the British Empire in the Victorian Era: a comparative study of operatic performance practices in Victorian Bristol, Calcutta and Melbourne with particular reference to the social, economic and broader cultural contexts of each centre.’
This thesis will discuss the way in which opera both reflected and drove the cultural, political and social phenomena of its context, while linking each centre to the parent (British) culture and wider Westernisation. In India opera is at the heart of the political and cultural shift and may be seen as a tool of colonisation. In Australia, opera had a less overtly political function, which represents the nature of colonialism in a ‘white dominion’.

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