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Singers of Italian Opera

Singers of Italian Opera
The History of a Profession

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

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  • Adelina Patti was the most highly regarded singer in the 19th century. She earned nearly $5000 a night and had her own railway carriage; yet during the same period 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. Securely rooted in painstaking scholarship and sprinkled with amusing anecdotes, 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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    "Relating the four-century history of singers in Italian opera may seem a bit daunting in such a relatively brief number of pages, but Rosselli more than succeeds....Everyone loves a good story and there are many here. The scholarship is solid and the writing is excellent, never pedantic. Give yourself a treat. Give yourself this book." American Record Guide

    "...essential reading for anyone who wishes to truly understand the nature of this profession." Pan Pipes of Sigma Alpha Iota

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

    "...a storehouse of information, skillfully organised, attractively presented." BBC Music Magazine

    "A marvelous cultural study and this reviewer's favorite new opera book in recent years." Choice

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    • Date Published: May 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
    Preface
    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
    Notes
    Note on further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    John Rosselli, University of Sussex

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