Publications of Siefert, M.
The Metropolitan Opera in the American century: opera singers, Europe, and cultural politics
Dressing Room 10 on the 40th Street side of the Metropolitan Opera House is the most unprepossessing chamber. All but airless, it has a decor which is garishly drab and furniture which is barely serviceable.... Yet over the years, this dismal room with its many mirrors has been the silent witness to scenes of hope, triumph, and despair. Here the great singers of the world, the soon-to-be great, and the not-quite great wait before their debuts, trembling in every nerve, straining toward the moment when they can sweep on stage to the triumph that sometimes comes, and more often does not. Through Room 10 this year have paraded that trio of great European divas: The Italian Renata Tebaldi, Victoria de los Angeles of Spain, and Birgit Nilsson, who was born and trained in Sweden. Joining them, for the first time at the Metropolitan, came two Americans of equal rank, Eileen Farrell and Leontyne Price.
Extending the borders of Russian history : essays in honor of Alfred J. Rieber
Thirty-two eminent historians and social scientists cover the last two centuries of Russian history in this rich collection of essays. The range and high quality of the contributions reflect the broadening of social and cultural directions that has characterized 'new history; issues of the Russian borderland, especially Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, receive a prominent treatment as a key part of Russian and Soviet history. Too, studies in this volume show sensitivity to the multicultural nature of Russian society and culture. Top authority in Russian history, Alfred J. Rieber taught at leading US universities before joining Central European University.
Aesthetics, technology, and the capitalization of culture – How the talking machine became a musical-instrument
This article uses the history of early sound recording technology in the United States between 1878 and 1915 to show how published discourse contributed to the way the talking machine was defined and situated as a commercially viable product. Comparing the published accounts of Edison's phonograph and Berliner's gramophone in popular scientific articles between 1878 and 1896 illustrates that technological advances in sound recording technology take on important cultural meanings. Critical to these meanings is the way in which the technological ''fidelity'' is linguistically transformed into an aesthetic quality, projected and interpreted within demonstrable values of musical culture. Beginning in 1902, the Victor Talking Machine Company, formed to market the gramophone, took advantage of these cultural meanings to claim a technological advantage over Edison's cylinder recorder. Whose voice was recorded became part of the claim to technological superiority. The Victor Company succeeded in capitalizing ''Culture'' by promoting their recordings of opera stars like Enrico Caruso as technologically and culturally faithful to live musical performance and as a democratically available access to a privileged lifestyle. Thus did the Victor Company use a terrier and a tenor to legitimate their talking machine as an American musical instrument.
Introduction to the special issue titled "Technology : culture, politics, aesthetics".
Mass culture and perestroika in the Soviet Union
This volume of essays originally published in the Journal of Communication, examines the far-reaching changes that have occurred in the realm of information, communications media, and public debate in the Soviet Union since Gorbachev began implementing his policies of Glasnost. The fifteen articles address these changes with an eye toward their historical precedent, conflicting responses, and chance for survival. Topics covered include: mass culture and the market; youth culture; glasnost, journalism, and the media; and television and perestroika. The book will interest all students of mass communications as well as Sovietologists and historians specializing in modern European history.