Beggar's Opera [ By: John Gay ]

Beggar's Opera [ By: John Gay ]

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The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay. It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today. Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in… See more details below

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The Beggar's Opera is a ballad opera in three acts written in 1728 by John Gay. It is one of the watershed plays in Augustan drama and is the only example of the once thriving genre of satirical ballad opera to remain popular today. Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time.

The Beggar's Opera premiered at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theater on 29 January 1728[1] and ran for 62 consecutive performances, the longest run in theater history up to that time.[2] The work became Gay's greatest success and has been played ever since. The original production was so successful that John Rich, the manager of the theater, was able to build a new theater, the Theater Royal, Covent Garden, forerunner of the Royal Opera House.[3] In 1920, The Beggar's Opera began an astonishing revival run of 1,463 performances at the Lyric Theater in Hammersmith, London, which was one of the longest runs in history for any piece of musical theater at that time.

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ISBN-13:
2940012193346
Publisher:
Publish This, LLC
Publication date:
01/07/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
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