"Intrusions in Asia; Opera and Society" Please respond to the following, using sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:
•Why were Westerners so engaged and involved in India, China, and Japan in the 1700s and 1800s? What motivated the fascination Westerner's had with these cultures and what impact did the Colonial relationship have on the colonizers and the colonized? How did they shape each other and where do we see those changes today?
•Read, listen to, and watch the sources for the opera composers: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/04/11/150420827/talk-like-an-opera-geek-how-verdi-wagner-and-puccini-got-their-grooves. Describe the major influences that Verdi, Wagner, or Puccini exerted upon opera in terms of making it more innovative, realistic, and even controversial. How did Opera reflect the changes in society?