One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, or operas.
organizer, manager, producer, stage managerView synonyms
- ‘Ballet was at its most artistically powerful in the hands of the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who was insistent that the form was a gesamtkunstwerk, a total artwork, comprising not dancing merely, but music and design as well.’
- ‘He remembers what a New York theatre impresario once told him.’
- ‘Last year, the concert impresario allowed fans to access recordings of live performances from its Reading Festival.’
- ‘The artist and impresario has produced 425 prints of his Edinburgh: Old and New Towns, a fascinating illustration of a city full of contrasts yet all carved from the same rock.’
- ‘The boys' hopes for a continental tour are dashed when the French impresario who invited them over abandons them on the dock.’
- ‘A famous television celebrity and a distinguished theatrical impresario were there on my recommendation and loved it.’
- ‘Opera impresario Raymond Gubbay has proved to concert promoters that given the right marketing, concerts and operas can be made as popular as any other evening's entertainment.’
- ‘Rather, museum directors are impresarios who mount splendid exhibitions which draw thousands of visitors, and travel from museum to museum.’
- ‘Today's dance company director must be not only an artist but an impresario as well.’
- ‘I have always made impresarios a lot of money across my career and have never, so far as I am aware, given any of them heart attacks.’
- ‘Amsterdam impresarios and regional orchestras frequently promote the genre.’
- ‘He is an impresario because he knows how to exploit a coincidence of finances, politicians, financiers, publicity and taste in order to make a laundress like Nini into a star.’
- ‘At the top of his agenda is finding an impresario to arrange a tour.’
- ‘There were no Hollywood impresarios or producers looking over our shoulders.’
- ‘The company formed in 1909 by the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev to bring Russian dance to the West.’
- ‘Brandt was the impresario who had discovered Carly Simon and unleashed the Rolling Stones on America.’
- ‘As an impresario, Goh organized the Stars of North American Ballet tour to China in 2002.’
- ‘Then the theatre impresario asked Smith who should succeed him.’
- ‘Such showcase events help the festival directors and impresarios to select and bring the best to the international festivals.’
- ‘From the start, the impresario sought the best talent in show business.’
- 1.1historical The manager of a musical, theatrical, or operatic company.
- ‘Nonetheless, his great-grandfather was a clown at the Tivoli in Copenhagen, then a ringmaster, then an impresario.’
- ‘They involve a singing frog, a vaudeville show, the impresario who runs it, and the mad scientist who works for him.’
- ‘So the other night we went to the Belasco Theatre, erected in 1910 by the impresario and playwright David Belasco for his own shows.’
- ‘During its long existence Pantomime has witnessed other panto impresarios, such as Augustus Harris, ‘Father of modern Pantomime’ at the Drury Lane Theatre in the 1870's.’
- ‘By the 1710s impresario John Rich was once again presenting the semi operas The Island Princess and The Prophetess as well as a full opera, Bonocini's Camilla in English.’
Mid 18th century: from Italian, from impresa ‘undertaking’.
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