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Bolzano (Ger. Bozen)locked

  • Alessandro Roccatagliati
  •  and Giuliano Tonini

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City in the South Tyrol, northern Italy. Performance licences furnish sporadic evidence that operatic entertainments were staged during the Bolzano fairs in the 17th and 18th centuries by travelling companies. For 15 years from 1784 a wealthy merchant family, the von Menz, organized Carnival seasons in the Palazzo Mercantile of Italian (usually comic) opera given in German, mainly by local artists. Translations were made on the spot from librettos and scores originating mostly in Vienna, Naples and Venice. To this period belong Franz Bühler’s Singspiels ...

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