Martin, George W: Verdi in America: Oberto through Rigoletto

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The operas of Giuseppe Verdi stand at the center of today's operatic repertoire, and have done so for more than a century. The story of how the reputation and wide appeal of these operas spread from Western Europe throughout the world has long needed to be told. This latest book by noted Verdi authority George W. Martin, Verdi in America: Oberto through Rigoletto, specifically details the changing fortunes of Verdi's early operas in the theaters and concert halls of the United States.

Among the important works whose fates Martin traces are Nabucco, Attila, Ernani, Macbeth (in its original version), Luisa Miller, and one of Verdi's immortal masterpieces: Rigoletto, denounced in 1860 as the epitome of immorality.

Martin also explores the astonishing revival of many of these operas in the 1940s and onward (including Macbeth in its revised version of 1865), and the first American productions-sometimes in small opera houses outside the main circuit-of some Verdi operas that had never previously managed to cross the Atlantic. Extensive quotations from newspaper reviews testify to the eventual triumph of these remarkable works. They also reveal the crucial shifts in tastes and expectations that have occurred from Verdi's day to our own.

Independent scholar George W. Martin is the author of several books on Italian opera, including Verdi, His Music, Life and Times, Verdi at the Golden Gate: Opera and San Francisco in the Golden Rush Years, and Aspects of Verdi..

“George Martin has done it again. Combining his extraordinary knowledge of American performances over the past fifty years with a scholar’s delight in exploring the byways of nineteenths-century theatrical life in America, he has written a book that explores the reception of Verdi’s early operas in the United States, from the first appearance of each thru the present. Anyone who wishes an overview of Verdi’s operatic influence in America will be eternally in his debt.” Phlip Gossett, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Chicago.

First Published: 01 Sep 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781580463881
Pages: 494
Size: 9 x 6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: University of Rochester Press
Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Contents and Reviews


1 Introduction 2 Nabucco 3 I Lombardi alla prima crociata 4 Ernani 5 I due Foscari 6 Attila 7 Macbeth 8 The Country's Growth Stimulates Opera 9 I masnadieri 10 Jérusalem 11 Luisa Miller 12 Rigoletto 13 Opera on Tour and the Rise of Regional Companies 14 Oberto 15 Un giorno di regno 16 Giovanna d'Arco 17 Alzira 18 Il corsaro 19 La battaglia di Legnano 20 Stiffelio 21 Appendix A: The Operas, Their World, Western Hemisphere, and U.S. Premieres 22 Appendix B: The Swift Spread of Ernani 23 Appendix C: Dollar Values and Populations 24 Appendix D: The San Carlo Touring Company: Repertory and Number ofPerformances, 1913/14 through 1928/29 25 Appendix E: Number of Performances of Verdi's Operas at the Metropolitan, 1883/84 through 2008/9 26 Appendix F: An Arrangement, a Reduction, and the Score as Written: Stiffelio