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The Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age

Patricia Howard


This is the first full-length biography of one of the most outstanding singers of the eighteenth century. Gaetano Guadagni is widely known for his creation of the role of Orpheus in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; he was also a leading singer in Handel’s oratorios, and worked with other progressive composers such as Traetta, Jommelli and Bertoni. His career coincided with a movement to reform heroic opera, with the intention of freeing dramatic music from restrictive conventions, and bringing it into harmony with the more expressive aims of the age of sensibility. A cultured and literate singer, Gu ... More

Keywords: Guadagni, opera, reform, eighteenth century, singing, acting, Handel, Gluck

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199365203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199365203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Howard, author
Open University