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"Humanities and Science University Journal" № 23 (Philology and Archaeology, World History, Art History), 2016

The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Commerce: towards the Opera Institution in Venice of the 17th Century

E. S. Khodorkovskaya
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 The article explores the institution of public opera theatre in the 17th century Venice. The emergence of public theatres had a great impact on the characteristics of opera as a genre. As a part of upper class life, opera was intended to provide both entertainment and a projection of power for the aristocrats. Henceforth, the opera was governed by the patrons capable to pay for it and the laws of the market. The nature of opera as a commercial enterprise and its local specifi cs are examined on the basis of a case study of the Venice theatrical life.
Keywords: opera, Venice, 17th century, public theatre, theatrical life, impresario.
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