Opera League of Los Angeles Event Calendar


Gathering: Operas That Begat Broadway Shows

Event Start Date: 8/9/2020 1:30 PM

Event End Date: 8/9/2020 3:00 PM

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For centuries, operas have incorporated the vocal arts and instrumental music into the staged drama of the theatre. Toward the end of the 19th century, operettas ("light operas") began to introduce less formal performances, usually with dialog in the vernacular, into the popular theaters of Europe and America. During the last half of the 20th century, the Broadway musical became a dominant theatrical art form in America, and many of these shows drew upon well-known operas of the past for their inspiration. This talk will examine some of the operas that gave birth to musicals such as Kismet, Miss Saigon and Rent.

NOTE: This Gathering will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

RSVP: To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP by sending an email to Ron Streicher at ronstreicher@me.com.