Opera of the Nobility - 18th Century Disruptors
Hannah French explores the war of two 18C London opera companies - the Royal Academy and the Opera of the Nobility. Four seasons of one-upmanship led to them both going bankrupt!
Hannah French delves into the battle between the two opera companies in London in the 1730s - King George II's Royal Academy of Music with its musical director Handel - and the Prince of Wales' Opera of the Nobility under the guidance of Nicola Porpora. After four seasons of in-fighting and warring between the two factions, expensive set and costume designs and overpaid starry performers, both companies went bankrupt in 1737.