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Inventing the Business of OperaThe Impresario and His World in Seventeenth-Century Venice$

Jonathan Glixon and Beth Glixon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154160.001.0001

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(p.349) APPENDIX FIVE PRODUCTION EXPENSES FOR THREE SEASONS IN THE 1650s

(p.349) APPENDIX FIVE PRODUCTION EXPENSES FOR THREE SEASONS IN THE 1650s

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Inventing the Business of Opera
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Oxford University Press

(p.349) APPENDIX FIVE

PRODUCTION EXPENSES FOR THREE SEASONS IN THE 1650s

Item

1651/52, in ducats(with percentage of total) a

1657/58 in ducats(with percentage of total) b

1658/59, in ducats(with percentage of total) c

Musical exenses

Singers

1, 668 (32%)

2, 623 (27%)

2, 673 (42%)

Compuser

300 (6%)

150 (2%)

400 (6%)

Dances

105 (2%)

200 (2%)

209 (3%)

Subtotal

2, 073 (40%)

2, 973 (33%)

3, 282 (52%)

Physical production expenses

Costumes

844 (16%)

1, 371 (14%)

498 (8%)

Scenery

255 (5%)

450 (5%)

452 (7%)

Machines

113 (2%)

390 (4%)

208 (3%)

Wood, etc.

150 (3%)

535 (6%)

25 (1%)

Canvas

173 (3%)

64 (1%)

144 (2%)

Other

236 (5%)

2, 014 (21%)

276 (4%)

Subtotal

1, 771 (34%)

4, 824 (51%)

1, 603 (25%)

Nightly expenses

Orchestrad

638 (12%)

685 (7%)

409 (6%)

Other

738 (14%)

1, 057 (11%)

1, 037 (16%)

Subtotal

1, 376 (26%)

1,742 (18%)

1, 446 (23%)

TOTAL

5220 (100%)

9, 539 (100%)

6, 331 (100%)

a ASV, SGSM, b.112, account book 1651/52,

b ASV, SGSM, b. 112, account book 1657/58 and ASV SGSM, b. 101, balance sheet.

c ASY SGSM, b. 194, account book 16581/59.

d Note that for the 1658/59 season, the fee for musical direction ws imiuded in Cavalli's contract,while hr the other two sacm the director was paid nightly.

e This includes such expenses as extras (27 lire per night in 1651/52), illumination (38 lire), tailors (18lire, men to work at the door (ca. 11 lire), stagehands (36 lire), tickets (10 lire), and the cartello (1 lira).