Episode 105 of Sound Expertise
What can operetta tell us about everyday life in fin-de-siècle Vienna? Why has our understanding of Vienna been limited to high-art composers like Mahler and Schoenberg, and how might studying operetta change our perspective on the Austro-Hungarian Empire amidst the tumult of the early twentieth century? A conversation with Micaela K. Baranello, Assistant Professor of musicology at the University of Arkansas.
If you’re interested in learning more about Prof Baranello’s work, follow her on Twitter as @ZerbinettasBlog and check out:
- “Die lustige Witwe and the Creation of the Silver Age of Viennese Operetta,” in Cambridge Opera Journal
- “‘Operettendämmerung’: Die lustigen Nibelungen and the Failures of Wagnerian Operetta” in Opera Quarterly
- On Offenbach in Salzburg, for the New York Times
- Likely Impossibilities, her amazing (and intermittently updated) opera review blog
- And stay tuned for her forthcoming book, The Operetta Empire, with University of California Press!
Also, a bit of recommended listening:
Sound Expertise is hosted by Will Robin (@seatedovation), and produced by D. Edward Davis (@warmsilence). Please subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and/or Spotify. Questions or comments? Email williamlrobin@ gmail
A written transcript of this episode is available here; many, many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!
Stay tuned for Episode 106, coming next Tuesday, August 25: an interview with Jesse Rodin on Renaissance polyphony!