Exhaling the mighty music’: Lablache sings Bellini

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Inaugural lecture from Professor Sarah Hibberd

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Exhaling the mighty music’: Lablache sings Bellini

There have been recent calls to think about operatic voices of the past not simply in the abstract, but rather as embodied identities, imbricated with the social and political concerns of their time.

My lecture examines the reception of the charismatic Neapolitan bass Luigi Lablache in 1830s London. His larger-than-life physical and aural presence and visceral effect on audiences spoke both to the combustive ideals of the industrial age and to the new, more nuanced models of masculinity that were being espoused around the time of the Social Reform Act of 1832.

I argue that Bellini’s music and Lablache’s voice together presented the sound and vision of modern masculinity – and heralded a new age of Italian opera enriched by transnational influences.

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