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Women Writing Opera: Creativity and Controversy in the Age of the French Revolution
In the age of the French Revolution, opera was the locus of cabals, intrigues, and violent journalistic invective. Yet it was also a period when women composers and librettists gained access to concert halls as never before, some of their works among those most performed in Paris. Jacqueline Letzter and Robert Adelson's engaging history explains what made this possible. At ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published August 12th 2001 by University of California Press
(first published July 13th 2001)
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Pretty much what the title says. Women had written operas, some of them quite successful (if they managed to get them staged) but as usual, they were overlooked by male writers, as Jane Austen says, "The pen is in their hands." At the start of the French Revolution, for a very brief time, there was gender equality in the arts as well as in politics (and in dying on the guillotine). In 1791, the constraints on what could be presented was lifted, opening the gates to women writing and producing pl ...more