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Brecht at the Opera

Joy H. Calico


This book looks at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the genre as decadent and irrelevant to modern society even as he continued to work on opera projects throughout his career. He completed three operas and attempted two dozen more with composers such as Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau. Brecht's simultaneous work on opera and Lehrstück in the 1920s generated the new concept of audience experience that would come to define epic theater, and his revisions to the theory of Gestus ... More

Keywords: Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, Paul Dessau, Lehrstück, audience experience, epic theater, Gestus, mimesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254824
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joy H. Calico, author