Inventing the Business of Opera

Inventing the Business of Opera : The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth-Century Venice

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Marco Faustini was among the most active and successful professionals in seventeenth-century Venetian opera. As an impresario, he was responsible for every facet of production from contracting the cast to balancing the books at the season's end. Through examination of Faustini's documents - including personal papers, account books, and correspondence - Beth and Jonathan Glixon provide a comprehensive view of opera production in mid-seventeenth century Venice. For the first time, an emphasis is placed on the "physical production," the scenery, costumes, and stage machinery that tied these opera productions to the social and economic life of the more

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  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 152.4 x 238.8 x 33mm | 725.76g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Tables and halftones
  • 0195154169
  • 9780195154160
  • 2,018,747

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conducted with the Glixons' customary exemplary clarity, both in organisation and prose, and it functions as well as a reference book as a continuous read ... this book should be required reading for students of opera in any period, and will remain the definitive study for the foreseeable future. * Patricia Howard, Musical Times * This new study enriches our knowledge about this important chapter in opera history...Through a meticulous study of sources in Venetian archives and elsewhere...the authors were able to amend existing reference as well as add an impressive number of new details to our knowledge about the commercial side of opera of that period...invaluable and unique source. * Clemens Risi, Theatre Research International * the many insights afforded to specialists are well balanced by a comprehensive and accessible narrative that can act as an introduction to the business of opera in early modern Europe. * Vassilis Vavoulis, Music and Letters *show more

About Jonathan Glixon

Beth L. Glixon received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1985 and has been an instructor in music history at the University of Kentucky since 1995. She has published articles in Music & Letters, Journal of Musicology, Early Music History, Early Music, and Musical Quarterly, and has presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music, of which she was one of the founding officers. Jonathan Glixon received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1979, and has taught at the University of Washington and, since 1983, at the University of Kentucky, where he is currently Professor of Musicology. He has published his work in such journals as Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, and Music and Letters, and in English, Italian, and Australian publications. His book, Honoring God and the City: Music at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807, was published by Oxford in more

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