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Changing the Score: Arias, Prima Donnas, and the Authority of Performance

Hilary Poriss


This study seeks to explore the role and significance of aria insertion, the practice that allowed singers to introduce music of their own choice into productions of Italian operas. Each chapter investigates the art of aria insertion during the nineteenth century from varying perspectives, beginning with an overview of the changing fortunes of the practice, followed by explorations of individual prima donnas and their relationship with particular insertion arias: Carolina Ungher’s difficulties in finding a “perfect” aria to introduce into Donizetti’s Marino Faliero; Guiditta Pasta’s performanc ... More

Keywords: aria insertion, Italian opera, Carolina Ungher, Guiditta Pasta, Maria Malibran, Adelina Patti, Pacini

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386714
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilary Poriss, author