Ballad opera transformed European stage song, merging high- with low-style airs, marketing singers, and promoting a ‘natural’ vocal production. It was arguably the earliest prototype of our modern popular music industry. Click here to visit site.
The Beggar’s Opera, Act III. Print. After William Hogarth, by William Blake, 1790
[original picture, 1728]. © Trustees of the British Museum.
Music Edition and Research Project
Senior Editor Dr Berta Joncus
Assistant Editors Dr Zak Ozmo and Dr Vanessa Roger
Thomas Arne, Love in in a Village. Series: OPERA – Spektrum des europäischen Musiktheaters in Einzeleditionen. Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz and Bärenreiter. Research Project and Critical Edition linked to digitized facsimile reproductions and textual archaeology.