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INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSINESS OF OPERA IN SEVENTEENTH‐CENTURY VENICE: PEOPLE AND FINANCES

Beth L. Glixon and Jonathan E. Glixon

in Inventing the Business of Opera

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195154160
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868483 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154160.003.0001
INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSINESS OF OPERA IN SEVENTEENTH‐CENTURY VENICE: PEOPLE AND FINANCES

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After discussing the management of comedy theaters in Venice, this chapter examines the financial structure behind the opera business, exploring various sources of income, such as investors, loans, rental of seats and boxes, advances from the printer, and ticket sales. While the renters and managers of the comedy theaters usually came from the noble class, opera theaters tended to be run by artisans or members of the professional class. The opera business was sustained through the availability of guarantors who would repay loans and other debts remaining at the end of the season.

Keywords: investors; loans; artisans; guarantors; opera business; comedy theaters

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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