Frederick's Athens: crushing superstition and resuscitating the marvellous at the Königliches Opernhaus, Berlin

  title={Frederick's Athens: crushing superstition and resuscitating the marvellous at the K{\"o}nigliches Opernhaus, Berlin},
  author={Bruno Forment},
  journal={Cambridge Opera Journal},
  pages={1 - 42}
  • B. Forment
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Art
  • Cambridge Opera Journal
Abstract From 1748 onwards, the marvellous made a comeback in opera seria via the Königliches Opernhaus in Berlin. The striking resurgence of myth and magic in the predominantly historical operatic genre appears to bespeak a growing interest in Lullian tragédie en musique, which in turn can be associated with Frederick II's French orientation in literary and philosophical matters. But how did deities, sorcerers and Louis quatorzien imports chime with Frederick's notorious resistance to… 


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