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Verdi at the Golden Gate : opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush years

Author: George Whitney Martin
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years. How did this madness for opera take root and grow? This study contributes to a new  Read more...

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Named Person: Giuseppe Verdi; Giuseppe Verdi; Giuseppe Verdi; Giuseppe Verdi
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Whitney Martin
ISBN: 0520081234 9780520081239
OCLC Number: 26054447
Description: xxii, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Toward a Theatre 9 --
II. The First Opera 18 --
III. The Celebrity Sopranos 32 --
IV. More of Ernani; and the First Resident Company 44 --
V. Anna Bishop and Judith (Nabucco) 50 --
VI. Ernani, Nabucco, I Lombardi, and I due Foscari 67 --
VII. Economic Decline, Il trovatore in Excerpts, and the Vigilantes of 1856 89 --
VIII. Maguire, His Opera House, and the Bianchis 109 --
IX. Il trovatore Premiered; Ernani Revived 125 --
X. The Bianchis Produce La traviata and Attila 140 --
XI. Theatrical Scenery and Styles; Traviata and the New Realism 153 --
XII. A Duel, and a Period of Operatic Doldrums 164 --
XIII. Success of the Maguire-Lyster Company, and Failure of Rigoletto 176 --
XIV. The Annus mirabilis: San Francisco Mad for Opera 189 --
Appendix A Opera Premieres in San Francisco, 1851 Through 1860, with Theatre, Cast, and Number of Performances 213 --
Appendix B Chief Theatres for Opera in San Francisco, 1851-60 227 --
Appendix C Transpositions and Tuning A in San Francisco 233 --
Appendix D Verdi's Operas: World, Western Hemisphere, United States, and San Francisco Premieres, with Casts for San Francisco 237 --
Appendix E Reviews of San Francisco Premieres and Early Performances of Macbeth, I masnadieri, and Luisa Miller 247 --
Appendix F Performances of Verdi's Operas in San Francisco by Decade, 1851 Through 1899 253.
Responsibility: George Martin ; with a foreword by Lotfi Mansouri.
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"The book gripped me from the start, and held me: an exploration into eventful decades of American musical history that had been for too long uncharted."--Andrew Porter, music critic, "The Observer

 
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