Opera and Drama in Eighteenth-Century London: The King’s by Ian Woodfield

By Ian Woodfield

This e-book explores the cultural and advertisement lifetime of Italian opera in overdue eighteenth-century London. via basic resources, many analyzed for the 1st time, Ian Woodfield examines such concerns as funds, recruitment coverage, dealing with of singers and composers, hyperlinks with Paris and Italy, and the position of girls in opera administration. those key subject matters also are positioned in the context of a dispute among of an important managers of the day, Frances Brooke and David Garrick, and the main venues of the time: the King's Theatre and its opponents Drury Lane and Covent backyard.

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36 The new managers take control Millico, with whom Fanny Burney seems to have been somewhat infatuated, is described as ‘an immense Figure, and not handsome at all, at all, but his countenance is strongly expressive of Sweetness of Disposition, & his Conversation is exceedingly sensible’. Of his singing she wrote: I have no Words to express the delight which his singing gave me. More, far away, than I have ever received – even at the opera – for his Voice is so sweet, that it wants no Instruments to cover it.

Many conventional themes of Italian opera satire are worked in, but the generous absolution granted to a distinguished list of singers and composers (a few of the closest associates of the managers are pointedly omitted) is sufficient to demonstrate that Italian opera itself is not the target.   Opera and drama in eighteenth-century London From all these various sources, private letters and diaries, financial records, newspaper reportage and published satires, a picture emerges of the resurrection of one of Europe’s leading opera houses, the transformation over the course of a single decade of an enterprise precariously balanced on the edge of viability, into one of London’s leading cultural institutions.

As it is now earlier in the season, you will exceedingly oblige me by favouring it with a perusal, after I have made a few alterations, which will be finished in a week or ten days. The new managers take control If this little piece appears to you fit for the stage, I will flatter myself you will give it a trial; if otherwise, that you return me as early an answer as is consistent with your avocations. I am influenced to expect this by my firm belief, that unless when obliged to a different behaviour by the too general duplicity of mankind, plainness of conduct in business is inseparable from great superiority of understanding and talents.

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