Parisian operetta at the origin of urban pop: 'La musique de l'or'
Concerto Palazzetto Bru Zane
Thu 21 February 2019
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice
'La musique de l'or' is the phrase that Siegfried Kracauer, author of one of the most important essays on Offenbach (Jacques Offenbach und das Paris seiner Zeit – Jacques Offenbach and the Paris of his Time – 1976), borrowed from Émile Zola (L’argent, 1891) to describe the powerful impact of operetta on the entertainment industry in the mid-19th century. In fact, the huge success of Parisian operetta made it one of the most innovative artistic products of the European cultural landscape, establishing new methods of production and entertainment consumption. Its urban setting, mainly centred around Paris, enabled the operetta of the period to reflect the complex commingling of social, political and cultural dynamics which characterised modern European capitals in the second half of the 19th century. Lecture in Italian
Within the context of the Venice Carnival