The Elision of Difference, Newness and Participation: Edward J. Dent’s Cosmopolitan Ethics of Opera Performance

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Abstract

Histories of the development of an ‘English National Opera’ in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century typically emphasize the origins of the movement in ideas about social reform, bringing together themes of democratic accessibility and national cultural renewal in a way that makes these agenda seem inextricably linked. This chapter traces an alternative discourse about opera and democracy in relation to ‘affective communities’ that extended beyond – and often ran counter to – the version of community bounded by national identity, and indeed against identity as such. This involves reading Edward J. Dent’s work on topics such as libretto translation, amateur opera productions, and the history and aesthetics of opera performance as an echo of the cosmopolitan attitude of ‘friendship’ that has been attributed to certain of his Cambridge associates – an attitude that had both political and aesthetic implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic History and Cosmopolitanism
EditorsAnastasia Belina, Kaarina Kilpiö, Derek B. Scott
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-351-06095-0
ISBN (Print)9781138481138
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Newness
Opera
Participation
Elision
History
Aesthetics
Amateur
Affective
English National Opera
Democracy
Friendship
Social Reform
Alternative Discourse
National Identity
Associates
Agenda
Accessibility
Renewal

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Collins, S. (2019). The Elision of Difference, Newness and Participation: Edward J. Dent’s Cosmopolitan Ethics of Opera Performance. In A. Belina, K. Kilpiö, & D. B. Scott (Eds.), Music History and Cosmopolitanism London: Routledge.
Collins, Sarah. / The Elision of Difference, Newness and Participation : Edward J. Dent’s Cosmopolitan Ethics of Opera Performance. Music History and Cosmopolitanism. editor / Anastasia Belina ; Kaarina Kilpiö ; Derek B. Scott. London : Routledge, 2019.
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Collins, S 2019, The Elision of Difference, Newness and Participation: Edward J. Dent’s Cosmopolitan Ethics of Opera Performance. in A Belina, K Kilpiö & DB Scott (eds), Music History and Cosmopolitanism. Routledge, London.

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Music History and Cosmopolitanism. ed. / Anastasia Belina; Kaarina Kilpiö; Derek B. Scott. London : Routledge, 2019.

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Collins S. The Elision of Difference, Newness and Participation: Edward J. Dent’s Cosmopolitan Ethics of Opera Performance. In Belina A, Kilpiö K, Scott DB, editors, Music History and Cosmopolitanism. London: Routledge. 2019