The Fandom of the Opera


The Fandom of the Opera: How the Audience for a Four-Century-Old Art Form Helped Create the Modern Media World

A National Opera Week event at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY on October 29, 2013.

Do you think television was introduced in 1939?  There was an opera broadcast on TV in 1934, and the idea of live televised operas dates back to 1877.

The first electronic home entertainment (1880) was opera.  The first stereo sound transmission (1881) was opera.  Consumer headphones, pay-cable, movies — even newscasts and sportscasts — were all invented for opera.  Really!

Watch this brief National Opera Week event to learn some of the details.  17th-century sound transmission?  18th-century motion-picture projection and robots?

Video (TRT 55:27)

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