The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

Claudio E. Benzecry

Though a few brush off opera as out of date, it indicates no signal of disappearing from the world’s degree. So why do audiences proceed to flock to it? Given its organization with wealth, one may think that opera tickets functionality as a standing image. yet whereas a wish to hobnob with the higher crust may encourage the occasional operagoer, for hardcore fanatics the true solution, in accordance with The Opera Fanatic, is passion—they do it for love.

Opera fanatics are an excessive lot, Claudio E. Benzecry discovers in his examine the enthusiasts who hang-out the mythical Colón Opera apartment in Buenos Aires, a key web site for opera’s globalization. hearing the fanatics and their tales, Benzecry hears of two-hundred-mile journeys for performances and nightlong camp-outs for tickets, whereas others testify to a specific opera’s strength to maneuver them—whether to track or to tears—no subject what percentage instances they've got visible it ahead of. Drawing on his insightful research of those acts of affection, Benzecry proposes new methods of brooding about people’s dating to artwork and indicates how, faraway from simply bettering elements of daily life, artwork permits us to go beyond it.

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