ERIC Number: ED406266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
American Participation in Opera and Musical Theater, 1992. Research Division Report #32.
Cherbo, Joni Maya; Peters, Monnie
Data gleaned from the 1982, 1985, and 1992 Surveys of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPAs) were used in this analysis of participation in opera and musical theater/operetta. Findings indicate that opera is the least popular of the fine arts, being the least frequented and the least selected as an activity respondents would like to attend more frequently. Opera attendees are more likely than other arts' attendee groups to attend all other fine arts activities, and show a significant interest in more types of music than any other arts attendee group. There is a strong relationship between early general arts education and adult opera attendance. Opera attendees are predominantly white, better educated, wealthier, and somewhat older than other art goers, but younger persons are attending in about the same proportions in 1992 as in 1982. More persons watch or listen to opera on the media than attend live performances. Findings of musical theater/operetta participation indicates that attendance of these forms of theater is second to attendance of art museums. Musical theater/operettas' primary appeal is live performance. Many more individuals indicated that they would attend musical theater performances if cost and accessibility were not issues. The report includes tables and appendices. (MM)
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Audience Participation, Audience Response, Audiences, Behavioral Science Research, Cultural Activities, Fine Arts, Group Behavior, Opera, Surveys, Tables (Data), Theater Arts
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.