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Verdian Opera Burlesqued: A Glimpse into Mid-Victorian Theatrical Culture

Roberta Montemorra Marvin
Cambridge Opera Journal
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Mar., 2003), pp. 33-66
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3878318
Page Count: 34
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Verdian Opera Burlesqued: A Glimpse into Mid-Victorian Theatrical Culture
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Abstract

Through briefcase studies of burlesques of Ernani, II trovatore and La traviata written for nineteenth-century London, this essay makes a preliminary examination of the nature of Victorian operatic burlesques, why they existed, and how they functioned artistically and sociologically. My larger purpose is threefold: to investigate the manner in which burlesque interpreted the foreign art form of Italian opera in a culture self-consciously identified as English, to consider how these works traversed class differences in an evolving socio-cultural milieu, and to ask how we might understand the these works in relation to the cultural codes of Victorian London.

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