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Curtain, Gong, Steam – Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera - California Scholarship Online
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Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera

Gundula Kreuzer


Exploring opera from the perspectives of media studies and technology studies, this pioneering book examines how composers since the late eighteenth century have increasingly integrated specific audiovisual details into their creative visions, thereby furthering the development of stage machineries as well as the means of their codification. In particular, composers fostered what the author calls “Wagnerian technologies”: multisensory devices intended to veil both the artificiality of illusionist stage representation and their own mechanicity. Building on Richard Wagner’s theories of the total ... More

Keywords: opera, production, media studies, technology, Richard Wagner, illusionism, materiality, curtains, gong, steam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520279681
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gundula Kreuzer, author
Yale University

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