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Operatic GeographiesThe Place of Opera and the Opera House$
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Suzanne Aspden

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226595962

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226596150.001.0001

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Thomas Quinlan (1881–1951) and His “All-Red” Opera Tours, 1912 and 1913

Thomas Quinlan (1881–1951) and His “All-Red” Opera Tours, 1912 and 1913

(p.133) Ten Thomas Quinlan (1881–1951) and His “All-Red” Opera Tours, 1912 and 1913
Operatic Geographies

Kery Murphy

University of Chicago Press

In 1912 and 1913, English entrepreneur Thomas Quinlan (1881-1951) and his travelling opera companies undertook two extraordinary tours of “Greater Britain,” singing “in English to English speaking peoples all the time, never leaving the red portions of the geographical map.” Quinlan’s travels had started in the English provinces and his desire to advance the general cause of grand opera among the English-speakers of the world included the English themselves. His mission was also an educational one: “the method to follow in bringing about artistic progress is not simply to give the people what they want. I claim it a duty to show the public what they should want.” While Quinlan visited cities in South Africa, New Zealand, and Canada, the focus of this chapter is on the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne. It suggests that the imperialist mission of the tours was motivated by an idealistic desire to share a cultural commodity from Britain that demonstrated the highest artistic standards. The rhetoric surrounding both tours (used by Quinlan and the critics) revolves around a core belief in imperial patriotism, heroism and militarism.

Keywords:   Thomas Quinlan, traveling opera, Australia, imperialism

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