1863 Opera Singers Queens of Song Female Classical Music Prima Donna Portraits

CLAYTON, Ellen Creathorne

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“Queens of Song” was Ellen Clayton’s most notable and popular biographical work. First published in 1863, this work sketches the lives of notable female operatic singers such as Elizabeth Billington, Giuditta Pasta, Maria Felicita Malibran, Giulia Grisi, Clara Novello, and Pauline Garcia. These women were famous 19th-century vocalists who appeared in 19th-century European operas. According to Cowgill,

“‘Queens of Song’ represents one of the earliest attempts to account for the collective contributions of opera’s prima donnas.” (p.xxviii)

To this point in history, female opera roles were predominantly portrayed by castrati male performers. Clayton attempted to collect and promote the female roles being portrayed by women, or the prima donna.

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1863 Opera Singers Queens of Song Female Classical Music Prima Donna Portraits

 

“Queens of Song” was Ellen Clayton’s most notable and popular biographical work. First published in 1863, this work sketches the lives of notable female operatic singers such as Elizabeth Billington, Giuditta Pasta, Maria Felicita Malibran, Giulia Grisi, Clara Novello, and Pauline Garcia. These women were famous 19th-century vocalists who appeared in 19th-century European operas. According to Cowgill,

“‘Queens of Song’ represents one of the earliest attempts to account for the collective contributions of opera’s prima donnas.” (p.xxviii)

To this point in history, female opera roles were predominantly portrayed by castrati male performers. Clayton attempted to collect and promote the female roles being portrayed by women, or the prima donna.

 

Item number: #3855

Price: $350

 

CLAYTON, Ellen Creathorne

 

Queens of song : being memoirs of some of the most celebrated female vocalists who have appeared on the lyric stage, from the earliest days of opera to the present time : to which is added a list of all the operas that have been performed in Europe

 

London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1863. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • 2 volumes
    • Vol 1 – [xvi], 381
    • Vol 2 – [4], 452
    • Illustrated with 6 portraits
  • References: Cowgill, Arts of the Prima Donna
  • Language: English
  • Binding: hardcover; tight and secure
  • Size: ~9in X 6in (22.5cm x 15cm)

 

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3855

Category

Arts & Architecture

Authors

CLAYTON, Ellen Creathorne

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete