Cosmopolitanism and the National Opera: Weber's Der Freischtz

  title={Cosmopolitanism and the National Opera: Weber's Der Freischtz},
  author={Michael Charles Tusa},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • M. C. Tusa
  • Published 13 March 2006
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischtz reflects competing definitions of national identity at a crossroads in German history. The historiography of the opera reveals a contrast between the opera's reception as quintessentially German and its interpretation as an example of cosmopolitanism, particularly in its dependence on French operatic models. Weber's own ideas about German opera represent a cosmopolitanism typical of the German Enlightenment, defining Germany's cultural mission as a… 
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