Between 1731 and 1766 the opera impresarios Angelo and Pietro Mingotti, with itinerant ensembles, made Venetian opera known to a large middle-class public north of the Alps. The brothers gave guest performances throughout the region of the old Kingdom and also in Scandinavia, they built wooden opera houses, employed conductors like Christoph Willibald Gluck and Giuseppe Sarti, and created a sensation with prima donnas like Regina Mingotti or Marianne Pircker. This triumphal procession of opera buffa around the middle of the century was substantially supported by the collaboration of Angelo Mingotti with Carlo Goldoni in Venice.
Until now 43 seasonal tours by the Mingotti brothers were known. Thanks to years of source study, the Berlin theater scholar Rainer Theobald has doubled this number and also raised the corresponding number of identified performances. The chronology is illustrated with contemporary copperplate engravings and for the first time views of an opera house for Mingotti on the basis of construction plans.
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