John Rich as Opera Patron

Sarah McCleave

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This article traces the sustained support that theatre manager John Rich offered to operatic endeavours in 18th-century London. Rich effectively entered the contemporary discourse regarding the valid definition of opera through the kinds of works he supported, and also through the prefatory comments to two works staged at his theatre.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic proceedings of the John Rich and the Eighteenth-Century London Stage 2008 Conference
PublisherUniversity of Delaware Press
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • opera history, theatre history


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