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Opera in Dublin, 1798-1820 9780198163978

Opera in Dublin, 1798-1820

Frederick Jones and the Crow Street Theatre

ISBN-10: 0198163975
ISBN-13: 9780198163978
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PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: This delightfully written book, the sequel to T. J. Walsh's Opera in Dublin 1705-1797 (Allen Figgis, 1973), traces the history of the Crow Street Theatre in Dublin under the management of Frederick Jones. Drawing upon reports in newspapers and journals of the time, Walsh chronicles with wit, verve, and humor, two decades of theatrical and operatic life in Dublin. This was a period which saw the decline of the English ballad opera and pasticcio and the rise of Italian opera and bel canto. Such famous singers of the time as Angelica Catalani, John Braham, Giuseppe Naldi, Giuseppe Ambrogetti, Michael Kelly, Teresa Bertinotti Radicati, and Catherine Stephens are the subject of many vivid descriptions and anecdotes. Technical advances in the theatre, from the "few hundred gallons of Spermaceti Oil" required in 1800 to the installation of gas lighting in 1819, form an important part of the story. Neither the reader interested in the social history of Dublin at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, nor the connoisseur of colorful operatic and theatrical conditions in a transitional age will be disappointed by this book.

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PAGES: 316
CATEGORY: Music, Performing Arts
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