Operetta and Fin-de-siècle Vienna with Micaela Baranello

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:

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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!