Performing Operas for Mozart

Performing Operas for Mozart : Impresarios, Singers and Troupes

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The Italian opera company in Prague managed by Pasquale Bondini and Domenico Guardasoni played a central role in promoting Mozart's operas during the final years of his life. Using a wide range of primary sources which include the superb collections of eighteenth-century opera posters and concert programmes in Leipzig and the Indice de' teatrali spettacoli, an almanac of Italian singers and dancers, this study examines the annual schedules, recruitment networks, casting policies and repertoire selections of this important company. Ian Woodfield shows how Italian-language performances of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito flourished along the well-known cultural axis linking Prague in Bohemia to Dresden and Leipzig in Saxony. The important part played by concert performances of operatic arias in the early reception of Mozart's works is also discussed and new information is presented about the reception of Josepha Duschek and Mozart in more

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  • Electronic book text | 296 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 b/w illus. 38 tables 1 music example
  • 1139211587
  • 9781139211581

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Pasquale Bondini; 2. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail; 3. The Italian troupe in Prague; 4. The Prague Figaro; 5. The genesis of Don Giovanni; 6. The premiere of Don Giovanni; 7. The casting of Don Giovanni; 8. The Leipzig Don Giovanni; 9. The 1788 Prague Don Giovanni; 10. Mozart's music in Leipzig; 11. Josepha Duschek's Academy (22 April 1788); 12. Mozart's Academy (12 May 1789); 13. Guardasoni in Warsaw; 14. The premiere of La clemenza di Tito; 15. The Leipzig reception of the Da Ponte operas (1792-4); 16. Guardasoni diversifies; Conclusion; more

About Ian Woodfield

Ian Woodfield is Professor of Historical Musicology at Queen's University Belfast, where he teaches courses in notation, musical instruments and early repertoire. His books include Music of the Raj (2000), Opera and Drama (2002) and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte: A Compositional History (2008), which received the Mozart Society of America's second Marjorie Weston Emerson more

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'No less noticeable than (Woodfield's) scholarly rigour are many signs of his capacity for intriguing speculation and lateral thinking.' Early Musicshow more