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Baseball & Opera? Opera & Baseball?

November 6th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Download, Schubin Cafe

Recorded Wednesday, October 29, 2014. A free event for National Opera Week 2014 at GoingGoingGoneSports Gallery at the Atrium at Citigroup Center in New York City (with special thanks to Boston Properties and WorldStage).

Babe Ruth sang in opera houses.  The manager of the Metropolitan Opera House wears a World Series ring.  Baseball fans started watching remote games in opera houses beginning in 1885.  Opera fans went to ballparks to hear their favorites starting in 1916.

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The Fandom of the Opera

November 3rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Download, Schubin Cafe

 

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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