Opera as a Political Platform: Ariadne, Allegory and Opera Pairs

The essay below is a slightly edited version of an assignment I submitted as part of my MA in Music in November 2015 at the Open University. While reading it through again I’ve come across a laundry list of things I’d edit or do differently, but I’ve kept almost everything the same in order to give students an idea of what MA assignments are like. The biggest change I made was converting footnote referencing to Harvard, as it simply worked better in that format here. The total word count is 2,432 and I received a 2:1 for this assignment.


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