The influence of the Portuguese Royal Court on the development of opera, the Opera Nova, and the Real Teatro Sao Joao in Rio de Janeiro from 1808 to 1824

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Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

First Committee Member

Lorine Buffington, Committee Chair


The Portuguese Court, persecuted by Napoleon Bonaparte during the French-Spanish War, was forced to leave Lisbon in 1807, transferring the center of the Portuguese government to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was at that time Portugal's most important colony. Many changes occurred in the urban structure, the political situation, and in the cultural activities as a consequence of this shift. The Portuguese Royal Court, then installed in Rio de Janeiro, continued a tradition of institutional support to the arts. The Portuguese government sponsored the creation and diffusion of the operatic activity in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, where opera houses were built, and international opera singers performed for the Portuguese Royal Court.


History, Latin American; Music

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