Opera and Politics in Queen Anne's Britain, 1705-1714

Explores the political meanings that Italian opera - its composers, agents and institutions - had for audiences in eighteenth-century Britain.

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Explores the political meanings that Italian opera - its composers, agents and institutions - had for audiences in eighteenth-century Britain.

The reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714) was pivotal for both politics and opera in Britain. In this study, Thomas McGeary brings together a wide range of sources to show how the worlds of politics and opera were entwined. The associations that Italian singing and singers acquired by the 1690s were used in partisan Whig-Tory writings. Rather than a foreign invasion, McGeary shows how the introduction of Italian-style opera was a native product that grew out of plans for a new theatre in the Haymarket. A crucial event for opera was Handel's arrival in London in 1710.


While the criticism of opera by Whig writers such as Richard Steele and Joseph Addison is well known, McGeary uncovers how the early promotion and sponsorship of opera was, in fact, largely a Whig enterprise and cultural program. Indeed, major political figures (mostly Whigs) participated in the support and patronage of opera.


Opera and Politics in Queen Anne's Britain will be required reading for opera scholars and cultural and political historians of eighteenth-century Britain, as well those interested in the vibrant literature culture of the period.
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Forlag: The Boydell Press
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 444
ISBN: 9781783277155
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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VURDERING
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Introduction
1 Opera in the English Manner
2 The Infiltration of Italian Music and Singing
3 Italian and English Singing and Partisan Politics
4 The Haymarket Theatre: A Whig Project
5 Whigs and Opera in the Italian Manner
6 1710: The Year of Great Change in Politics and Opera
7 Whigs Confront Opera: Britain at a Machiavellian Moment
8 Addison: Opera and the Politics of Politeness
9 The Whig Campaign for English Opera; Handel Celebrates the Peace
Epilogue
Appendix 1: Operatic Works Produced (or Known) in London, ca. 1660-1704
Appendix 2: Principal Independent Theatrical Masques Produced in London, 1676-1705
Appendix 3: Opera Performances by Season in London, 1705-1714
Appendix 4: Aria Types in All-sung Operas Produced in London, 1705-1714.
Bibliography
Index
THOMAS MCGEARY holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Illinois. He is the author of The Politics of Opera in Handel's Britain, 1720-1742 (CUP, 2013).