Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth Century Venice por Beth L. Glixon, Jonathan E. Glixon

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

Titulo del libro : Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth Century Venice
Fecha de lanzamiento : December 1, 2007
Autor : Beth L. Glixon, Jonathan E. Glixon
Número de páginas : 416
ISBN : 0195342976
Editor : Oxford University Press, USA

Beth L. Glixon, Jonathan E. Glixon con Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth Century Venice

In mid seventeenth-century Venice, opera first emerged from courts and private drawing rooms to become a form of public entertainment. Early commercial operas were elaborate spectacles, featuring ornate costumes and set design along with dancing and music. As ambitious works of theater, these productions required not only significant financial backing, but also strong managers to oversee several months of rehearsals and performances. These impresarios were responsible for every facet of production from contracting the cast to balancing the books at season's end. The systems they created still survive, in part, today.

Inventing the Business of Opera explores public opera in its infancy, from 1637 to 1677, when theater owners and impresarios established Venice as the operatic capital of Europe. Drawing on extensive new documentation, the book studies all of the components necessary to opera production, from the financial backing of various populations of Venice, to the commissioning and creation of the libretto and the score