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date: 02 June 2020

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Prior to Richard Wagner’s dominance of the German operatic scene in the second half of the nineteenth century, a healthy competition to establish a distinctively Germanic tradition of grand opera occupied the minds and activities of several prominent composers. In seeking to establish their own operatic tradition, a number of German composers looked to the Middle Ages for their source material. Schumann’s Genoveva represents an important contribution to the quest for German grand opera as well as the height of the German romantic medievalist aesthetic in opera. Martin Kušej’s 2008 production of Genoveva offers a fascinating twenty-first century reinterpretation of this aesthetic.

Keywords: Robert Schumann, Genoveva, medievalism, chivalry, reception history

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