Whereas the two male impresarios provided a place of worship and communion with their respective saints, the female impresarios we meet have operated as healers, thanks to the powers they have received from their saints.
Trained in both anthropology and psychology, Bilu provides a masterly analysis of each of his impresarios, exploring their personal histories, crises they have faced, the social setting in Morocco and the role saints played there, the changing fortunes of their Israeli hometowns, changes in their material conditions and in Israel's political and religious culture.
Bilu notes similarities and differences among his impresarios. While the women function as healers, assisted by their familiar saints, the men have provided a place for people to come to pray and to entreat the tsaddiqim for favour.
In a different context, one might consider placing psychiatric labels on some of the behaviours exhibited by the impresarios. Here they have a certain logic, evident in the fact that a significant body of individuals can relate to them and accept their validity.
The Accademia owned the Teatro della Pergola, reopened in 1718 after a long period of darkness; the Marquis Luca Casimiro degli Albizzi (1664-1745), scion of a noble Florentine family, was their nominee as impresario of the theatre for most of the opera seasons between then and 1738, though he continued to be influential until at least 1741.
As might be expected, the numerous letters and documents drawn on here, despite certain lacunae, throw a great deal of light on the duties and activities of a theatre impresario at this period.
This book is a series of essays on different aspects of Albizzi's activities as impresario. Holmes writes clearly and well, but the fact that the arrangement is not chronological is sometimes a trifle disconcerting.
However, at the request of a Japanese impresario
, the company is staging The Sleeping Beauty, though a small stage and a modest artistic level can't guarantee a fully fledged interpretation of this classical dance encyclopedia created by Marius Petipa.
The Kirov's five-week season spanned July and part of August--a financial gamble by the British impresarios
Victor and Lilian Hochhauser that seems to have paid off.
"Composers give birth to the pieces, then we give birth to them, and it's exhausting." Spoken like a true impresario