Margaret Butler: In the Climb
The Operatic Diva and Celebrity Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy
Monday, November 12, 2018
6191 Helen C. White Hall
The female singer of eighteenth-century Italian opera has received far less scholarly attention than her famous castrated male counterpart. In this talk I offer an overview of my work in progress, in which I examine operatic celebrity in the late eighteenth century within opera seria culture, the social and generic conventions that played into the prima donna’s rise to prominence, and the emergence of the diva both as a concept and historical figure.