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Verdi at the Golden Gate: Opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush Years

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Opera is a fragile, complex art, but it flourished extravagantly in San Francisco during the Gold Rush years, a time when daily life in the city was filled with gambling, duels, murder, and suicide. In the history of the United States there has never been a rougher town than Gold Rush San Francisco, yet there has never been a greater frenzy for opera than developed there in these exciting years.

How did this madness for opera take root and grow? Why did the audience's generally drunken, brawling behavior gradually improve? How and why did Verdi emerge as the city's favorite composer? These are the intriguing themes of George Martin's enlightening and wonderfully entertaining story. Among the incidents recounted are the fist fight that stopped an opera performance and ended in a fatal duel; and the brothel madam who, by sitting in the wrong row of a theater, caused a fracas that resulted in the formation of the Vigilantes of 1856.

Martin weaves together meticulously gathered social, political, and musical facts to create this lively cultural history. His study contributes to a new understanding of urban culture in the Jacksonian–Manifest Destiny eras, and of the role of opera in cities during this time, especially in the American West. Over it all soars Verdi's somber, romantic music, capturing the melancholy, the feverish joy, and the idealism of his listeners.

Synopsis:

"This is a narrative unlike any other, combining the most colorful, passionate, and theatrical of all art forms with the history of the most colorful, passionate, and theatrical of all American cities."—from the foreword by Lotfi Mansouri, General Director, San Francisco Opera

"An important contribution to the cultural history of California and of San Francisco, unusual because of the author's rich understanding of Verdi's place in Western culture. Music and cultural historians will find this an exciting book in the field of opera and society."—Burton W. Peretti, author of The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-308) and index.

About the Author

George Martin is the author of many books about Verdi and opera generally, among them The Opera Companion (fourth edition, 1991) and Verdi, His Music, Life and Times (fourth edition, 1992). He lives and writes in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520081239
Foreword:
Mansouri, Lotfi
Author:
Mansouri, Lotfi
Author:
Martin, George
Author:
Martin, George Whitney
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Verdi, giuseppe, 1813-1901
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Opera -- California -- San Francisco -- 19th century.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Opera -- California -- San Francisco.
Subject:
Verdi, Giuseppe - Performances - California -
Subject:
Music | Opera
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
4-17
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.26x6.21x1.16 in. 1.41 lbs.

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"This is a narrative unlike any other, combining the most colorful, passionate, and theatrical of all art forms with the history of the most colorful, passionate, and theatrical of all American cities."—from the foreword by Lotfi Mansouri, General Director, San Francisco Opera

"An important contribution to the cultural history of California and of San Francisco, unusual because of the author's rich understanding of Verdi's place in Western culture. Music and cultural historians will find this an exciting book in the field of opera and society."—Burton W. Peretti, author of The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America

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