John Rosselli introduces all those singers, members of the chorus as well as stars, who have sung Italian opera from 1600 to the twentieth century.
Adelina Patti was the most highly regarded singer in the 19th century. She earned nearly $5000 a night and had her own railway car. Yet during the same period a minor comic singer would perform for the cost of his food and a pair of shoes to wear on stage. Rosselli's wide ranging study introduces all the singers who have sung Italian opera from 1600 to the 20th century. Photos.
List of illustrations; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction: a living tradition; 1. Musicians attending; 2. Castrati; 3. Women; 4. The coming of a market; 5. Training; 6. Pay; 7. Careers; 8. The age of the tenor; 9. The coming of mass society; Notes; Note on further reading; Index.