Puccini Goes to the Movies: How Cinema Influenced Italian Opera
However, you probably wouldn’t associate the works of Puccini with cinema, says opera scholar Christy Thomas, but this would be a mistake: this period of Italian opera is much more influenced by movies than one might think, she argues.
Thomas was visiting assistant professor of music at Bowdoin for the 2017-2018 academic year and has now returned to Yale, where she will continue working on a book project looking at how the Italian opera industry responded to the emergence of cinema and sound recording.
During the spring semester, Thomas entertained faculty colleagues at Bowdoin with a seminar examining the links between the early years of the movie industry and the opera of Puccini.
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