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Giulio Cesare Theatre in London 0. Drury Lane and Lincoln’s Inn Fields theatres staged entertainments in English 1. The King’s Theatre in the Haymarket was licensed to present Italian opera 2. Early attempts at Italian opera seasons ended in 1717 Royal Academy of Music 3. Formation of an opera company 4. Handel authorized in May 1719 to contract the finest singers from Europe 5. November 30, 1719, Handel officially appointed as “Master of the Orchestra with a Sallary”
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Theatrical Life in London 6. Opera was advertised heavily 7. Social aspects of the audience 8. Librettos 9. Concepts of paying attention 10. Huge salaries paid to singers What were Italian Operas like? 11. Mostly heroic operas ( opera seria ) 12. Usually historical stories about princes and emperors 13. Emphasis on singers and their arias 14. Conventional cast configurations 15. Scenic structures – exit arias Important Characters in Giulio Cesare 2
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16. Cesare – castrato (Senesino) 17. Cleopatra – soprano (Cuzzoni) 18. Tolomeo – castrato (Berenstadt) 19. Achilla – bass (Boschi)
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