I've been thinking lately about what might truly count as a Golden Age in opera, or whether the term, especially when used to identify a particular period in performance and presentation, merely expresses a dissatisfaction with the present through a wistful longing for some half-remembered past.
I'm sure readers will have other candidates for operatic Golden Age status.
The 17th century, the golden age
of the Netherlands, witnessed an explosion of wealth, art and architecture.
The golden age of science fiction is 10 - because you are 10 years old when you fell in love with it,'' said Scott Beckstead, 48, of Westlake Village, head of the society and chairman of its 33rd confab.
For sci-fi buffs, the golden age of science fiction was launched in the 1930s with future notions of orbiting nuclear reactors, interstellar travel and a future of personal helicopters and people movers made popular in science magazines.
Clare O'Halloran's groundbreaking study Golden Ages and Barbarous Nations: Antiquarian Debate and Politics in Ireland, c.
Arranged in loose chronological order, Golden Ages and Barbarous Nations looks first at origin-myths.
These six chapters explore the ways in which "myths" related to the Golden Age of Christianity, the arrival of the Normans, and the Rebellion of 1641 shaped political thinking and sectarian prejudices in the eighteenth century and cultural development in the nineteenth and early twentieth.
Urban Achievement in Early Modern Europe: Golden Ages
in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London
By the standard of modern growth economies, the golden ages
were marked by short life expectancy, high infant-death rates, deficient nutrition, dwarfed human beings, coerced religious conformism, negligible medical care, widespread illiteracy, little or no vertical economic mobility, and despotic government.
Woodward hails Dance in America for having recorded a golden age
of dance, noting that while there have been other golden ages
of the art, this is the first to be recorded.