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The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Claudio E. Benzecry


Though some dismiss opera as old-fashioned, it shows no sign of disappearing from the world's stage. So why do audiences continue to flock to it? Given its association with wealth, one might imagine that opera tickets function as a status symbol. But while a desire to hobnob with the upper crust might motivate the occasional operagoer, for hardcore fans the real answer, according to this book, is passion—they do it for love. The book looks at the fanatics who haunt the legendary Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires, a key site for opera's globalization. Looking at the stories of the fans, the boo ... More

Keywords: Colón Opera, Buenos Aires, globalization, art, opera, Opera House

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226043401
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226043432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudio E. Benzecry, author