Producing Stars in dramma per musica

Joncus, Berta. 2007. Producing Stars in dramma per musica. In: Melania Bucciarelli and Berta Joncus, eds. Music as Social and Cultural Practice: Essays in Honour of Reinhard Strohm. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 275-93. ISBN 9781843833178 [Book Section]

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Stars were perhaps more crucial to dramma per musica than to any other musical enterprise in Italy during the eighteenth century. Yet modern research on eighteenth-century singers generally fails to provide any methodology for how stars were produced, and how they interacted with the works they performed.1 This essay seeks to fill this gap. I will first outline influential twentieth-century theories in musicology on the relationship between the vocalist and the dramma per musica. I will then examine the means by which scholars in other disciplines recognise stars both as historical phenomena and as signifying elements within productions. Finally, I will suggest methods for applying theories about star production to dramma per musica in a manner that fits the historical conditions of this repertory.

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