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CASE STUDIES: COMPANIES AND OPERA PRODUCTION AT FOUR VENETIAN THEATERS

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/9780195154160.003.0004
CASE STUDIES: COMPANIES AND OPERA PRODUCTION AT FOUR VENETIAN THEATERS

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This chapter comprises case studies of four different 17th-century theaters that present a variety of impresarial models. Despite being the first public opera theater, S. Cassiano had difficulty maintaining a stable opera company, and had a number of different impresarios during the first two decades of mounting opera. The Novissimo was a newly built theater dedicated to opera, built on the grounds of a monastery. Although it attracted operatic stars and enthusiastic audiences, it too suffered continual financial difficulties. S. Aponal was owned by cittadini rather than patricians, and provided an inexpensive, if small, venue for opera. S. Luca, which began to present opera only after Marco Faustini left S. Cassiano, managed to present high quality opera within a short time, after a rather shaky start.

Keywords: Teatro Novissimo; Teatro S. Aponal; Teatro S. Cassiano; opera; Venice; Teatro Teatro S. Luca; Venetian patricians; impresarios; cittadini; Faustini

Chapter.  21790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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