Fixing her Reputation: Giulia Frasi and her Ranelagh Garden Concerts

Joncus, Berta. 2020. Fixing her Reputation: Giulia Frasi and her Ranelagh Garden Concerts. Händel-Jahrbuch, 66, pp. 137-180. [Article]

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This article explores, for the first time, the early career in England of Italian soprano Giulia Frasi, both her stage parts (1740-1748) and her concert series at Ranelagh Gardens (1748-52). Trained by the Milanese singing master and violin virtuoso Ferdinando Brivio, the young Frasi was hired in London to help showcase 'La Muscovita' (Lucia Panichi), prima donna of the Italian opera company there. To the scandal of the Town, Frasi swiftly took up with libertine patrons, and bore an illegitimate daughter. How then she come to lead Handel's English-language sacred works? This article probes Frasi’ s agency in the process, focusing on the solo concerts that she and star tenor John Beard co-organised at Ranelagh Gardens’ Rotunda. These concerts, which marked Frasi’ s pivot from Italian to English works, demonstrate the ingenuity of her self-promotion.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Guilia Frasi, Handel, John Beard, Ranelagh Gardens, star, oratorio, 18th-century Italian opera, London, Giuseppe Ferdinando Brivio

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music

Dates:

DateEvent
26 January 2018Accepted
2020Published

Item ID:

29043

Date Deposited:

17 Jul 2020 09:42

Last Modified:

21 Jul 2020 11:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/29043

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