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From Hindustan to Brabant: Meyerbeer’s Africana and Municipal Cosmopolitanism in Post-Unification Italy

Korner, A; (2017) From Hindustan to Brabant: Meyerbeer’s Africana and Municipal Cosmopolitanism in Post-Unification Italy. Cambridge Opera Journal , 29 (1) pp. 74-93. 10.1017/S0954586717000052. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the political and cultural circumstances leading to the Italian premiere of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s posthumous opera L’Africaine at Bologna’s Teatro Comunale in November 1865. Meyerbeer’s death in May 1864 and the French premiere of his last opera the following year combined to produce a striking moment of transnational cosmopolitan sentiment that built on the composer’s reputation for writing music that had the capacity to communicate across national and political boundaries. Shortly after the Unification of Italy, Bologna was keen to capitalise on these emotions and used the Italian premiere strategically in order to position itself as one of the cultural capitals of the new Italian nation state.

Type: Article
Title: From Hindustan to Brabant: Meyerbeer’s Africana and Municipal Cosmopolitanism in Post-Unification Italy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0954586717000052
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954586717000052
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541135
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