The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City 1746-1899:
Book 9: Ante-Bellum Variety, Opera and Ministrels 1857-Oct. 1859
This book is a comprehensive and detailed study of the Italian immigrant theatre of New York City from 1746 to 1899. It is chronologically and geographically detailed, along with details about the actors and principals of that theatre. The author provides factual, personal and anecdotal stories about the principals of this theatre, such as Lorenzo Da Ponte, Adelina Patti, Guglielmo Ricciardi and Antonion Maiori. Through these details, the book explains why theatre was so important to the Italian immigrant population, suggesting that, for one thing, life among the immigrants was itself dramatic, if not theatrical. With its thoroughness and emphasis on the humanness of Italian immigrant society clearly conveyed, this book will be an important contribution to scholarship.
“ … Dr. Emelise Aleandri’s book is an excellent example of the drive to recapture, to return to what was left behind even as we move to higher ground. She has recorded for us one aspect of those rites of passage every immigrant, every Italian-American has gone through. The theater that emerged in those early days speaks of a community striving to survive emotionally in unknown territory, expressing in their skits, plays, songs, the things they loved best; using humor, laughter and optimism to lighten the uncertainties of the new land, the new life they had chosen … This ambitious work will insure that the history of what is surely one of the most interesting facets of the Italian American experience – the Italian-American immigrant theatre – will not go unrecorded.” – (from the Preface) Anne Paolucci, Professor Emerita, St. John’s University
ISBN10: 0-7734-2568-3 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-2568-2