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The Modern CastratoGaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age$
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Patricia Howard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199365203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199365203.001.0001

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Guadagni and Handel (1749–1755)

Guadagni and Handel (1749–1755)

(p.42) 3 Guadagni and Handel (1749–1755)
The Modern Castrato

Patricia Howard

Oxford University Press

This chapter continues the season-by-season chronicle of Guadagni’s career. It notes the expansion of the singer’s career to include engagements in London, in provincial music festivals in Salisbury and Devizes, and abroad in Brussels, Dublin and Paris. His acquaintance with Burney is established, and Burney’s role as intermediary between Guadagni and Handel is discussed. A major area of the chapter is devoted to Guadagni’s work with Handel. The oratorio roles he assumed are used as evidence of how Handel perceived and developed the singer’s voice, especially through the music he wrote specifically for Guadagni. Guadagni’s experiences in the English operas Alfred and The Fairies are also investigated. There is a detailed account of London concert life and a table displaying his concert engagements in the spring of 1753.

Keywords:   London, Salisbury, Paris, Dublin, Burney, Handel, oratorio

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