The epilogue weighs up the evidence provided in the previous chapters and concludes that whilst opera was in some respects almost impossible to categorise in the terms of the 1920s ‘battle of the brows’—and that such categorisation might even be undesirable—it sat closest to the middlebrow. The epilogue examines similarities and differences between operatic culture in the 1920s and the present day, focusing on performance practices, connections with popular culture, and social relevance. It discusses the current elitism debate in brief and considers what today’s opera companies might learn from the conversations about opera that took place during the 1920s.
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