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Singers of Italian Opera

Singers of Italian Opera
The History of a Profession


  • Date Published: March 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521426978

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  • Adelina Patti was the most highly regarded singer in history. She earned nearly $5,000 a night and had her own railway carriage. Yet a minor comic singer would perform for the cost of his food and a pair of shoes to wear on stage. John Rosselli's wide-ranging study introduces all those singers, members of the chorus as well as stars, who have sung Italian opera from 1600 to the twentieth century. Singers are shown slowly emancipating themselves from dependence on great patrons and entering the dangerous freedom of the market. Rosselli also examines the sexist prejudices against the castrati of the eighteenth century and against women singers. Securely rooted in painstaking scholarship and sprinkled with amusing anecdote, this is a book to fascinate and inform opera fans at all levels.

    • Another book from the succcessful author of The Opera Industry in Italy (1984)
    • Perfect for the opera enthusiast: with revelations of the private and public world of singers: the divas, castrati, managers, and tenors of the golden ages of opera
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Give yourself a treat. Give yourself this book.' American Record Guide

    '... a magnificent book.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… a storehouse of information, skilfully organised, attractively presented.' BBC Music Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521426978
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: a living tradition
    1. Musicians attending
    2. Castrati
    3. Women
    4. The coming of a market
    5. Training
    6. Pay
    7. Careers
    8. The age of the tenor
    9. The coming of mass society
    Note on further reading

  • Author

    John Rosselli, University of Sussex

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