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

By Ian Woodfield

ISBN-10: 0511015984

ISBN-13: 9780511015984

ISBN-10: 0521800129

ISBN-13: 9780521800129

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

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The anonymous London critics in general reflected the high esteem in which Sacchini was held; operas by composers who might be regarded as rivals (Anfossi and Traetta) were coolly received. Adverse criticism in a newspaper, however, could not stop a winner. After the first London performance of Paisiello’s La frascatana, a critic savaged it: ‘There never was an Opera more heavy and tedious than La Fraschetana. ’25 With fifty performances by , it proved the most popular comic opera of the century after La buona figliuola.

Earl Cowper’s second wife wrote to him on  January : ‘I don’t like ye new Opera so well as ye last, but there was a very full House on Satturday, to ye great joy of Giardini and Mingotti. ’1 It was apparently something of a surprise to her that the season was likely to continue at all. 2 Managerial shortcomings were more than matched by the sense of artistic decline. Indifferent performers and an over-reliance on the pasticcio had become perennial problems. Until the arrival of Cocchi, there was not even a resident composer at this period.

I have a very bad opinion of all these gentry, & my greatest hope is that as neither of the installations [theatres] seem to please violently, one of them will have a vacancy & take it for their own sakes. I know neither will for mine. 18 She explained the course of action that she would take if, as seemed likely, Colman refused: There is nothing to me so astonishing as that Colman should be another Garrick, which I am told he is: I scarce know how to believe it, & hope I shall not be convinced.

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