During the 18th century, the literate tradition of Neapolitan opera
composers was accompanied by other kinds of music to be heard in other venues.
A Neapolitan Opera
Centre production will be toured starting in Liverpool in January, 2008.
Abel's expertise in resuscitating neglected French operas brought him to the attention of the world-renowned Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where he took on several of Rossini's Neapolitan opera
Fortuitously, Dinko Fabris's nearly simultaneous publication of Music in Seventeenth Century Naples: The Case of Francesco Provenzale (1624-1704) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003) offers a good complement to Emblems of Eloquence in its exposition of Neapolitan opera
during the same period.
Marco Bizzarini speculates on a possible influence from Benedetto Marcello on Locatelli's thoughts, even if there was little similarity in their work; Cesare Fertonani analyses the six Introduzioni teatrali of 1735, a type of sinfonia blending the Neapolitan opera
overture, the Roman concerto grosso and the Venetian concerto a 4.
It moves at different times into a history of the Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo, the most luxurious Venice theatre, flagship of the Grimani family and the place where the great castratos generally sang; a sketch of the development of musical education in Naples and of Neapolitan opera
seria; an analysis of changing styles of vocal writing and ornamentation; an account of the criticism of opera by literary men; and a social history of the singing profession and its role in the opera business.
The remaining essays in this section deal with the exporting of Neapolitan opera
seria to Venice, Germany, and Madrid.