Bruno Bower: Reassessing Operetta


Book cover - Genre Beyond Borders: Reassessing Operetta

Imperial after:hours and Horizons tutor Bruno Bower is editor of a new book on operetta.

Published on December 18, 2023 by Routledge, the collection, entitled Genre Beyond Borders: Reassessing Operetta "offers an innovative approach to understanding operetta, drawing attention to its malleability and resistance to boundaries".

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Bruno edited the volume alongside Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg of Oakland University, USA and Sonja Starkmeth of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The book is made up of chapters gathered under the themes of 'International Travel', 'Politics and National Identity', 'Class and Gender' and 'Genre Over Time'. With a range of contributors, some chapters explore familiar composers, such as Johann Strauss or Gilbert and Sullivan, while others examine less well-known works or composers. The collection is praised for both summarising the current state of the field and showcasing the many possible pathways for future scholars who wish to explore it.

Bruno Bower is a musicologist, performer, composer, and music editor. His research covers Victorian programme notes, operetta studies, and the social history of polymaths. Bruno currently teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as for the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.


Ms Cleo Bowen

Ms Cleo Bowen
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication