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Overview page. Subjects: Music — Theatre.

Spectators' appreciation for performances has often been demonstrated through the clapping of hands. Applause is part of a larger set of social behaviours intimately related to the...

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Hilary Poriss.

in Changing the Score

August 2009; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Opera. 5383 words.

Anna De Lagrange initiated a significant move in opera as she, instead of singing the cavatina composed for the character she played in Mercadante’s Il bravo, performed an aria that was...

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Amelita Galli-Curci

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.


Italian soprano who went to the USA in 1916 and remained there for the rest of her life.

She studied the piano at the Conservatory in her native Milan,...

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Jacques Bouhy

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Pepinster, 18 June 1848; d Paris, 29 Jan 1929). Belgian baritone and singing teacher. He studied at the Conservatoire Royal in Liège and in Paris, where he made his début at the Opéra in...

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Nicola Tacchinardi

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Livorno, 3 Sept 1772; d Florence, 14 March 1859). Italian tenor, father of Fanny Tacchinardi-persiani. After playing the cello in the orchestra of the Teatro della Pergola, Florence, he...

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Erminia Frezzolini

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Orvieto, 27 March 1818; d Paris, 5 Nov 1884). Italian soprano. She is identified with Romantic opera and especially with Giuseppe Verdi, two of whose heroines she created: Giselda in I...

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Some operas of the past ten years (1998–2008)

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Since this book was originally published in 1998, there has been a spate of new operas, especially, but not exclusively, in the United States. A significant—and puzzling—change has taken...

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The Modern Castrato

Patricia Howard.

June 2014; p ublished online April 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Opera; Musicology and Music History. 256 pages.

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 null...

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