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Cabals and Satires: Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna

Ian Woodfield


This is a study of the political context in which Mozart wrote his three Italian comedies, Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. Joseph II’s decision to place his opera buffa troupe in competition with the re-formed Singspiel provoked a struggle between supporters of the rival national genres. Cabals soon became active, organizing claques to cheer or hiss as required, and encouraging press correspondents to circulate slanted notices. In the spring of 1786, Mozart was caught up in the infighting. Figaro, the flagship work for the Italian troupe, received a mixed reception, whereas Dittersdo ... More

Keywords: Mozart, Joseph II, Dittersdorf, opera, satire, cabal, Figaro, Don Giovanni, Vienna

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190692636
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190692636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Woodfield, author
Queen's University Belfast

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