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Opera in the Tropics: Music and Theater in Early Modern Brazil

Rogério Budasz


This book is an exploration of the musico-theatrical practices in Brazil from the Jesuit morality plays of the sixteenth century to the Italian operas celebrating the new independent nation in the 1820s, as expressed by the creative minds and bodies of actors, singers, poets, and composers. The book shows how the threefold goal of instructing, entertaining, and distracting the population—which a Brazilian producer spelled out in 1825—had been present in diverse combinations since the early colonial period, at the hands of missionaries, intellectuals, bureaucrats, political leaders, and cultura ... More

Keywords: musical theater, opera, Brazil, Portugal, European colonialism, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190215828
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190215828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rogério Budasz, author
Associate Professor, University of Southern California