The Teatro Solís: 150 Years of Opera, Concert and Ballet in Montevideo

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Wesleyan University Press, Jul 22, 2003 - History - 493 pages
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The Teatro Solís in Montevideo, Uruguay—established in 1856 and still operating—is the oldest theater in the Americas. Solís audiences thrilled to the lyricism of many of the great singers of the 19th Century, among them Adelina Patti, Romilda Pantaleoni, Gemma Bellincioni, and Enrico Caruso, accompanied by a 285-member company. Programs also featured orchestra and dance: the theater played host to dancer Vaslav Nijinksy's last stage performance and presented Puccini, Mascagni, Saint-Saëns and Richard Strauss. Susana Salgado’s lively historical account—the very first of its kind—is enriched by anecdotes, reviews and illustrations. A complete narrative chronology of performances is indexed by performer and work, making this book a rare treat for opera buffs and an invaluable resource for scholars in the fields of music and dance history, American studies, and Latin American studies.
 

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Uruguayan musicologist Salgado, consultant to the Library of Congress for Iberian and Latin American music, presents the first English account of an important New World opera house. Montevideo's ... Read full review

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Susana Salgado is a well known musicologist who has lived in the Washington DC area for more than 30 years. I've known her and her research work for more than 45 years. Her personal archives, contacts and travels are well documented not only on this, her last published work, but also in previous works dedicated to other aspects of the rich musical tradition of her native Uruguay.
This is the most comprehensive study done so far about the history of one of the most important -and not so well known- opera houses in Latin America.
The list of famous international opera singers, choreographers, ballet dancers and composers that passed through its stage is mind boggling. The amount of documents, anecdotes and first hand knowledge the author pours through the pages of her book, make this a unique and very important book to have on the shelves of any music history researcher, musician, performer or person interested in the musical tradition in Uruguay and how it relates to the musical history of the South American continent.
Susana Salgado's book is a treasure that keeps your mind always alert and interested in following a story of events, artists, vignettes and documents she brings back from a past full of surprises.
Gustavo Win
Washington DC
 

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SUSANA SALGADO is a consultant to the Library of Congress for Iberian and Latin American music. Prior to leaving Uruguay, she was Research Professor and Chair of Uruguayan Music in the Department of Musicology at the University of Uruguay in Montevideo. Author of several books, she contributed to scholarly publications, including five Grove dictionaries (Opera, Music 1980/2001, Women Composers, and American Composers). E. THOMAS GLASOW is the editor of Opera Quarterly. JULIO MAR`IA SANGUINETTI is the former President of Uruguay.

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