Between music tourism and fandom: The operatic exploits of Ferdinand de Beaufort (1797–1868)

Gessel, van, J., Dec-2019, In : Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis. 69, 1, p. 91-108 18 p.

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The diaries and correspondence of Ferdinand de Beaufort (1797–1868) provide a unique insight into the experience of opera goers in the nineteenth century. Initially, De Beaufort mainly kept track of the works he saw during his travels in Germany, France, and England, but in later years he increasingly focused on the qualities of the soloists, especially the female ones. His observations fit the concept of music tourism (the large number of first-class opera soloists performing in London constituted his primary motivation to visit the city on a yearly basis) but also of early fandom. Especially the latter aspect comes to the fore in his impassioned and highly partial reports on the (alleged) rivalry between Giulia Grisi and Jenny Lind.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-108
Number of pages18
JournalTijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2019


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