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A Sociable Moment: Opera and Festive Culture in Baroque Siena

Colleen Reardon


This is the first book to trace the rise of opera in Siena and its patronage, production, and performance during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It seeks to amend the view that productions in the city were merely an extension of Medici power to the provinces. Instead, opera in Siena was absorbed into the festive apparatus essential to Sienese self-fashioning. The expatriate Chigi family exploited this impulse, coordinating operatic performances with their triumphant visits home by activating ties of friendship and family as well as their affiliation with Sienese academies, espe ... More

Keywords: Siena, opera, sociability, academy, Assicurate, Chigi, Medici, Girolamo Gigli, impresario, Sienese identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190496302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Reardon, author
Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine