Il Corsaro Case Study

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II. The revolutions of 1848-1849, Il Corsaro

The revolutions of the late 40s proved to be one of the most influential times not only for Italy but also for Italian Opera. It signalled the end of the old operatic regime and the rise of rights, previously scarcely practiced, for the composer – this was good news for Verdi, rights he himself helped manufacture. In this section I will be examining the revolutions and the impact that had on the impresari and their relationship with Verdi. I will also be looking at Il Corsaro closely, as it is the Verdian opera which best demonstrates Verdi’s growing confidence with negotiating with the publisher, something that Verdi became very good by the mid-50s, thus further lessening the role of the impresario,
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Although Chusid makes little to no mention of an impresario at La Fenice for Rigoletto there was one employed and his name was G. B. Lasina who was the “nominal impresario of the 1851 and 1853 seasons that launched Rigoletto and La Traviata… the line of least resistance in such a theatre was for the impresario to let the owners make most of the decisions and himself become a good deal of the executant” . This lines up well with the almost lack of mention for Lasina in the critical edition as it quite clear that in La Fenice upper-class directors, or Presidenti, were taking the active role in managing the theatre . This is further verified by the Guccini In Opera on Stage “In fact, the confused mixture of functions involved in staging varied enormously according to whether the opera was a new “creation” or a successive production. In the first case, the staging took place under the direct control of the composer, with the librettist providing instructions for the scenes, costumes, and movement of the masses.” The roles in opera were increasingly fluid, especially around the time of writing Rigoletto in the early

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