Handel at Drury Lane: Ballad Opera and the Production of Kitty Clive

  title={Handel at Drury Lane: Ballad Opera and the Production of Kitty Clive},
  author={Berta Joncus},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Musical Association},
  pages={179 - 226}
  • Berta Joncus
  • Published 2 June 2006
  • Art
  • Journal of the Royal Musical Association
Handel’s music was a key source for Drury Lane entertainments from 1728 to 1745. Ballad-opera writers regularly deployed Handel tunes, generating multiple performances of his music in low-style, native works that long preceded his oratorios. The soprano Kitty Clive, the biggest star of this genre, initially performed Handel airs both in ballad operas and as additional songs. From 1737, Handel compositions helped bolster Clive’s ‘high-style’ reputation, while Handel benefited from Clive’s… 

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