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Catherine Parsons Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251397

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251397.001.0001

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“The Largest and Most Enthusiastic Audience That Ever Has Assembled in the City”: The National Opera Company of 1887

“The Largest and Most Enthusiastic Audience That Ever Has Assembled in the City”: The National Opera Company of 1887

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Making Music in Los Angeles
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Catherine Parsons Smith

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0002

This chapter discusses the National Opera Company of 1887, which was formerly known as the American Opera Company. Its main purpose was to raise the standards of operatic performance around the country and to control large-scale operatic performances as self-consciously “American” by singing in English and including Americans as part of the cast. The chapter also focuses on the effects the National Opera Company had when it traveled to Los Angeles and describes the other commercial entertainment that was available in the city during the time.

Keywords:   National Opera Company, American Opera Company, operatic performance, commercial entertainment

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