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The rival sirens : performance and identity on Handel's operatic stage

Author: Suzanne Aspden
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Cambridge studies in opera.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The tale of the onstage fight between prima donnas Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni is notorious, appearing in music histories to this day, but it is a fiction. Starting from this misunderstanding, The Rival Sirens suggests that the rivalry fostered between the singers in 1720s London was in large part a social construction, one conditioned by local theatrical context and audience expectations, and heightened  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: George Frideric Handel; George Frideric Handel; Francesca Cuzzoni; Faustina Bordoni; Faustina Bordoni; Francesca Cuzzoni; George Frideric Handel; Georg Friedrich Händel; Faustina Hasse-Bordoni; Francesca Cuzzoni; Georg Friedrich Haendel; Francesca Cuzzoni; Faustina Bordoni
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Aspden
ISBN: 9781107033375 1107033373
OCLC Number: 806456391
Description: xv, 291 pages : illustrations, music ; 2013.
Contents: The character of the actress --
"Heroick virtue" in Rodelinda and Astianatte --
Identification and illusion in Alessandro and Admeto --
Balancing power in Riccardo primo --
Senesino and the crisis of heroic masculinity --
The ornamental voice.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in opera.
Responsibility: Suzanne Aspden.

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This new approach to the operas of Handel examines the vital and intertwined roles of singers, audiences and local cultural context in creating eighteenth-century opera. It emphasises cultural  Read more...

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'... uses the largely fictitious rivalry between opera divas Francesca Cuzzoni (1696-1778) and Faustina Bordoni (1697-1781) as the departure point for investigating identity and concepts of self in Read more...

 
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