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Local Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet

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To most people, the term "opera house" conjures up images of mink-coated dowagers accompanied by tuxedo-clad men in the gilded interiors of opulent buildings like the Met in New York or La Scala in Milan. However, the opera house in the United States has a far more varied-and far more interesting-history than that stereotype implies. In Local Glories, Ann Satterthwaite ...more
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 1st 2015)
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Alex
Oct 30, 2015 Alex rated it liked it
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“The history of small town opera houses is an American story.” (Preface.) “By 1900, there were thousands of these small opera houses; Iowa alone had more than 1,200 opera houses.” (Chapter 1.)

Ann Satterthwaite’s “Local Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet” is an excellent history and biography of opera houses in rural America. As the title suggests, this book is about rural opera houses, which served purposes beyond just opera and theater. “Local Glories” is not a
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Jeff
Jun 20, 2015 Jeff rated it did not like it
As someone deeply interested in both Historic Preservation and the Performing Arts, I was excited to find this book and have the chance to read an ARC copy obtained through NetGalley. I'm not quite sure what I had initially expected, quickly finding this author's exhaustive research, exhausting to muddle through.

Like the earlier speakers, performers and troupes that crisscrossed America in search of an audience, this book also crisscrosses through history and various locals without a clear visio
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Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
This ARC took me a very long time to read. I'm still confused as to what the author's intent was. It's very much disorganized and all over the place. It will be very hard to write a review of this one but I will try. Full review to come.

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