Marc Niubo

The Opera between Braunschweig, Prague and Dresden in the second half of 18th century. Study of sources

During the 18th century, Italian opera became universally appreciated art as well as an important part of social life in many Italian and transalpine cities. This holds true also for such culturally different centres of Central Europe as Prague, Dresden and Brunswick. Although the repertoire, production system, financial backing, and social functions of operatic performances in these three cities more or less differed, their opera productions were tied several times by personal connections among the impresarios and singers. The present project concentrates on identification of musical sources that reflect the contacts between the three (and other) centres, and on studying the transformation of specific operas within the new performing context, opening thus a new space for further research and evaluation of opera in all aforementioned cities.