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Inventing the Business of Opera – The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth-Century Venice - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth-Century Venice

Jonathan Glixon and Beth Glixon


This book explores public opera in its infancy, from 1637 to 1677, when theater owners and impresarios, drawing on the models of the already existent theaters for comedy, established Venice as the operatic capital of Europe. Based on new documentation, the book studies all of the components necessary for opera production, from the financial backing and the issue of patronage to the commissioning and creation of the libretto and score; the recruitment and employment of singers, dancers, and instrumentalists; the production of the scenery and the costumes; and the nature of the audience. The boo ... More

Keywords: public opera, impresario, artisans, costumes, scenery, instrumentalists, Venice, theater, libretto, patricians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154160
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Glixon, author

Beth Glixon, author
both University of Kentucky

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