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Emperors of Song By F.M. Stockdale

Emperors of Song by F.M. Stockdale

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Summary

In the age of Verdi and Puccini, opera in Britain and the USA was the preserve of private businessmen - the impresarios. Concentrating on the period 1860-1939, this book looks at the successes and disasters of such impresarios as "Colonel" James Mapleson and John Christie.

Emperors of Song Summary

Emperors of Song: Three Great Impresarios by F.M. Stockdale

In the age of Verdi and Puccini, Wagner and Richard Strauss, opera in Britain and the USA was almost exclusively the preserve of individual private businessmen - the impresarios - who made (and lost) fortunes by personally employing the great stars of the day. Concentrating on the period 1860-1939, this book looks at the successes and disasters of such impresarios as "Colonel" James Mapleson, grandest and then most unlucky of showmen; and John Christie, whose love for his wife led to his building the largest private opera house since Bayreuth. Patti and Melba, Caruso and Tetrazzini - the legendary super-egos with jewels, parrots, castles and private investment accounts at Rothschilds - were the raw material these enterprising men tried to turn to gold.

Table of Contents

Opera 1597-1864; James Mapleson; Oscar Hammerstein I; John Christie; a summing-up.

Additional information

GOR004965029
Emperors of Song: Three Great Impresarios by F.M. Stockdale
Used - Very Good
Hardback
John Murray Press
1998-05-14
224
071955702X
9780719557026
N/A
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