Beyond 'The Beggar’s Opera': John Rich and English Ballad Opera

Joncus, Berta and Rogers, Vanessa L.. 2011. Beyond 'The Beggar’s Opera': John Rich and English Ballad Opera. In: Berta Joncus and Jeremy Barlow, eds. 'The Stage’s Glory’: John Rich (1692-1761). Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press, pp. 184-204. ISBN 9781611490329 [Book Section]

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This chapter outlines the signficance of ballad opera in the career of John Rich, the founder of Covent Garden. John Rich helped father ballad opera, agreeing to mount John Gay's _Beggar's Opera_ after Drury Lane rejected Gay's manuscript. Thereafter, however, Rich was unable to maintain his hold over the ballad opera market, despite the popularity of the _Beggar's Opera_. This was not for want of ingenious experiments, which included mounting John Gay's second ballad opera, _Achilles_and _The Cobler's Opera_ , crafted around the star of _The Beggar's Opera_, Lavinia Fenton.

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ballad opera, John Rich, Lavinia Fenton

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