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Performing Operas for Mozart
Impresarios, Singers and Troupes

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  • Date Published: February 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316632420

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  • The Italian opera company in Prague managed by Pasquale Bondini and Domenico Guardasoni played a central role in promoting Mozart's operas during the final years of his life. Using a wide range of primary sources which include the superb collections of eighteenth-century opera posters and concert programmes in Leipzig and the Indice de' teatrali spettacoli, an almanac of Italian singers and dancers, this study examines the annual schedules, recruitment networks, casting policies and repertoire selections of this important company. Ian Woodfield shows how Italian-language performances of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito flourished along the well-known cultural axis linking Prague in Bohemia to Dresden and Leipzig in Saxony. The important part played by concert performances of operatic arias in the early reception of Mozart's works is also discussed and new information is presented about the reception of Josepha Duschek and Mozart in Leipzig.

    • Presents an account of the organisational structures and artistic policies of the Prague opera company in the late eighteenth century, enriching our understanding of the context in which Mozart's operas were performed in Bohemia and Saxony
    • Provides documentary evidence on the reception of Mozart's music in Leipzig, contributing to a new interpretation of one of the most puzzling episodes in the composer's biography - his tour of 1789
    • Gives details of the personnel of the Prague company which gave the first performances of Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito
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    'No less noticeable than (Woodfield's) scholarly rigour are many signs of his capacity for intriguing speculation and lateral thinking.' Early Music

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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316632420
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 169 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 38 tables 1 music example
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Pasquale Bondini
    2. Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    3. The Italian troupe in Prague
    4. The Prague Figaro
    5. The genesis of Don Giovanni
    6. The première of Don Giovanni
    7. The casting of Don Giovanni
    8. The Leipzig Don Giovanni
    9. The 1788 Prague Don Giovanni
    10. Mozart's music in Leipzig
    11. Josepha Duschek's Academy (22 April 1788)
    12. Mozart's Academy (12 May 1789)
    13. Guardasoni in Warsaw
    14. The première of La clemenza di Tito
    15. The Leipzig reception of the Da Ponte operas (1792–4)
    16. Guardasoni diversifies
    Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Ian Woodfield, Queen's University Belfast
    Ian Woodfield is Professor of Historical Musicology at Queen's University Belfast, where he teaches courses in notation, musical instruments and early repertoire. His books include Music of the Raj (2000), Opera and Drama (2002) and Mozart's Così fan tutte: A Compositional History (2008), which received the Mozart Society of America's second Marjorie Weston Emerson Award.

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