Professional career and family life of Viennese Primadonnas. The case of Catarina Cavalieri and Aloysia Weber (Lange)

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Hanna Winiszewska


The aim of this article is to present the issue of female singers and their role in the society of eighteenth-century Vienna on the example of two women: Mozart’s sister-in-law Aloysia, née Weber, later Lange, and Catarina Cavalieri, the first Constance. These singers were rivals on the opera stage in late 18th century Vienna, as evidenced by the parts written for them by Mozart in his Der Schauspieldirektor. From the social point of view, the biographies of these two outstanding singers are very different.


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Hanna Winiszewska, Institute of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Hanna Winiszewska – assistant professor at the Institute of Musicology, Adam Mickiewicz University,Poznań, PhD in musicology, MA in Polish philology (linguistics, specialty: science editing).She studies the history of music in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially the history and genology ofopera and history of singing. Her interests also include topics combining musicology and other disciplines,especially medicine, sociology and linguistics. She completed an internship at the Universityof Copenhagen. Author of Dramma giocoso – między opera seria a opera buffa [Drammagiocoso — Between Opera Seria and Opera Buffa] 2013.


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