Dr. Amanda Eubanks-Winkler
Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures
Department of Art and Music Histories
"So Publick a Show": Female Performance at Early Modern English Boarding Schools
Bryan White's discovery of a letter about "Harry's" music "made" for a ball at Josias Priest's Chelsea boarding school has reopened questions about the relationship of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas to Priest's establishment. As scholars have noted, the performance of Dido at Priest's school was not unusual; other works, including Thomas Duffett's Beauties Triumph (1676) and John Blow's Venus and Adonis (1684), were also performed at Chelsea. This talk considers the interaction of pedagogical space with cultural product, mapping the geography of schoolgirl operatic performance in late seventeenth-century England.