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La Traviata Affair: Opera in the Age of Apartheid

Hilde Roos


Opera, race, and politics during apartheid South Africa form the foundation of this historiographic work on the Eoan Group, a so-called colored cultural organization that performed opera in the Cape. The La Traviata Affair: Opera in the Time of Apartheid charts Eoan’s opera activities from its inception in 1933 until the cessation of its work by 1980. By accepting funding from the apartheid government and adhering to apartheid conditions, the group, in time, became politically compromised, resulting in the rejection of the group by their own community and the cessation of opera production. How ... More

Keywords: Eoan Group, opera and apartheid, opera and politics, opera and race, colored identity, political complicity, District Six, Athlone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520299887
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520299887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilde Roos, author
Stellenbosch University