Opera and Drama in Eighteenth-Century London: The King's Theatre, Garrick and the Business of Performance

Opera and Drama in Eighteenth-Century London: The King's Theatre, Garrick and the Business of Performance

by Ian Woodfield, Woodfield Ian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521028833

ISBN-13: 9780521028837

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the cultural and commercial life of Italian opera in late eighteenth-century London. Through primary sources, many analyzed for the first time, Ian Woodfield examines such issues as finances, recruitment policy, handling of singers and composers, links with Paris and Italy, and the role of women in opera management. These key topics are also

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This book explores the cultural and commercial life of Italian opera in late eighteenth-century London. Through primary sources, many analyzed for the first time, Ian Woodfield examines such issues as finances, recruitment policy, handling of singers and composers, links with Paris and Italy, and the role of women in opera management. These key topics are also placed within the context of a dispute between two of the most important managers of the day, Frances Brooke and David Garrick, and the major venues of the time: the King's Theatre and its rivals Drury Lane and Covent Garden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521028837
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Opera Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of musical examples
Acknowledgements
A note on conventions
Introduction1
1The Hobart management19
2The new managers take control29
3Sacchini and the revival of opera seria40
4Recruitment procedures and artistic policy52
5The King's Theatre in crisis60
6The recruitment of Lovattini77
7The English community in Rome93
8Lucrezia Agujari at the Pantheon105
9Caterina Gabrielli121
10Rauzzini's last season131
11The King's Theatre flourishes153
12The Queen of Quavers satire166
13Financial management182
14Opera salaries198
15The sale of 1778215
App. 1aThe accounts of Richard Yates and James Brooke at Henry Hoare & Co. (1773-1777)234
App. 1bThe customers account ledgers of Sheridan and Harris (1778-1779)251
App. 1cSelected entries from the account of Jonathan Garton at Drummonds Bank (1778-1779)257
App. 1dThe account of Gasparo Pacchierotti at Coutts & Co. (1779-1784)258
App. 1eA page of opera payments and receipts in the Salt MSS (1780)263
App. 2aPetition to the Lord Chamberlain (c. 1770)265
App. 2bPetition to the Lord Chamberlain (c. 1775)269
App. 2cDraft petition to the Lord Chamberlain from Sheridan and Harris (1777)272
App. 3aJournal Etranger, No. 1 (June 1777)276
App. 3bOpera reviews from Journal Etranger (1777-1778)283
Notes295
Bibliography323
Index331

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