The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage (Cambridge Studies in Opera)

The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage (Cambridge Studies in Opera)


the story of the onstage struggle among prima donnas Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni is infamous, showing in tune histories to this present day, however it is a fiction. ranging from this false impression, The Rival Sirens means that the competition fostered among the singers in 1720s London was once largely a social building, one conditioned by means of neighborhood theatrical context and viewers expectancies, and heightened by means of manipulations of plot and track. This booklet deals readings of operas by means of Handel and Bononcini as functionality occasions, inflected via the audience's perceptions of singer character and modern theatrical and cultural contexts. via studying the case of those girls, Suzanne Aspden demonstrates that the personae of famous person performers, in addition to their voices, have been of an important value in selecting the form of an opera throughout the early a part of the eighteenth century.

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