Bel Canto Bully
- by Philip Eisenbeiss -
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Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Language: English
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ISBN-13: 978-1-908323-25-5
Synopsis Philip Eisenbeiss brilliantly pieces together the forgotten story of the tireless tyrant who became the most important opera impresario of the early 19th century, a time when Napoleon and the Bourbons were fighting for control of Italy and when singers and composers were the pop stars of their day.


An uneducated coffee waiter, Barbaja made a fortune running gambling concessions and soon took over opera houses in Naples, Milan and Vienna, launching the careers of Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. The foul-mouthed, womanising and hustling impresario had an irrevocable impact on the history of Italian opera: determined to create a lucrative business, he cultivated an energetic environment of new artists producing innovative, exciting opera that people would flock to hear.
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Philip Eisenbeiss
Phil Whelan meets author Philip Eisenbeiss who has recently penned "The Bel Canto Bully" telling of the exploits of the legendary opera impresario, Domenico Barbaja (and accompanies a brand new NAXOS CD of the same name).
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