Bel Canto Bully
- by Philip Eisenbeiss -
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Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Language: English
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.
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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