Italian Opera in Late Eighteenth-century London: The Pantheon Opera and its aftermath, 1789-1795

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Clarendon Press, 1995 - Music - 928 pages
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Following on from the volume on The King's Theatre, Haymarket, 1778-1791 (published in 1995), this interdisciplinary study of opera and ballet now turns to London's Pantheon Opera during the period 1789-95. The Pantheon Opera, founded in 1790, aimed to give London a kind of court opera that would feature opera seria and ballet d'action. It tried to hire Mozart to compete with Haydn, but its high aspirations led only to a quick bankruptcy. A recent major archival discovery has permitted startlingly full analysis of the company's repertoire, costumes, staging practices, and finances.

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Gabriella Didericksen graduated from the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, and subsequently received her Ph.D. from Kings College, London in 1997. She currently holds an AHRB research Fellowship at the University of Southampton, working on aspects of Mozart reception in the nineteenth century, and is also engaged in writing a book on opera at Covent Garden, 1830-1880.

Robert D. Hume received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and taught at Cornell University. He is currently Evan Pugh Professor of English Literature at the Pennsylvania State University.

Judith Milhous received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1974 and taught at the University of Iowa and the University of Maryland prior to joining the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the City University of New York, Graduate Centre, where she is now Distinguished Professor.

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