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by George Martin,Lotfi Mansouri

eBook Verdi at the Golden Gate: Opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush Years download ISBN: 0520081234
Author: George Martin,Lotfi Mansouri
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition/Full number line edition (August 17, 1993)
Language: English
Pages: 344
ePub: 1177 kb
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by George Martin (Author), Lotfi Mansouri (Foreword).

by George Martin (Author), Lotfi Mansouri (Foreword). Against this background of frenzied enthusiasm, Martin presents a detailed, scholarly history of the singers who came to San Francisco (many of them from South American opera troupes), what they sang, where they sang, and how they were received.

Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in. .

Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide. In the history of the United States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet there has never been a greater frenzy for opera than developed there in these exciting years. He lives and writes in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Verdi at the Golden G.Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide

Verdi at the Golden G.Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide. In the history of the United States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet there has never been a greater frenzy for opera than developed there i Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide.

George Martin, Lotfi Mansouri. Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide

George Martin, Lotfi Mansouri. In the history of the United States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet there has never been a greater frenzy for opera than developed there in these exciting years

Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time .

States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet . This is a narrative unlike any other, combining the most colorful, passionate, and theatrical of all art forms with the history of the most colorful, passionate, and theatrical of all American cities. ―from the foreword by Lotfi Mansouri, General Director, San Francisco Opera.

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George Martin Verdi at the Golden Gate: Opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush Years Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. George Martin is an independent historian who has written a number of books about the history of opera (including a great biography of Verdi).

Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide. In the history of the United States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet there has never been a greater frenzy for opera than developed there in these exciting years.How did this madness for opera take root and grow? Why did the audience's generally drunken, brawling behavior gradually improve? How and why did Verdi emerge as the city's favorite composer? These are the intriguing themes of George Martin's enlightening and wonderfully entertaining story. Among the incidents recounted are the fist fight that stopped an opera performance and ended in a fatal duel; and the brothel madam who, by sitting in the wrong row of a theater, caused a fracas that resulted in the formation of the Vigilantes of 1856.Martin weaves together meticulously gathered social, political, and musical facts to create this lively cultural history. His study contributes to a new understanding of urban culture in the Jacksonian–Manifest Destiny eras, and of the role of opera in cities during this time, especially in the American West. Over it all soars Verdi's somber, romantic music, capturing the melancholy, the feverish joy, and the idealism of his listeners.