Berta Joncus (author)

Recently Published

Announcing in the SICA newsletter either in Britain or (I lived earlier in Vienna, Bonn and New York so I’d like to notify my brothers and sisters there) the publication of my book.  It is on the singer-actress Kitty Clive (1711-1785).

Extract from Amazon’s book description:

Kitty Clive (1711-1785) was a top London stage star. Singing powered her ascent and, for twenty years, was foundational to her success as she came to dominate spoken as well as musical comedy. Her protean powers transfixed audiences, whether in low-style productions or in works by masters like Purcell, Shakespeare, and Dryden. Celebrities such as Handel and Henry Fielding wrote vehicles for her.

Altering works mid-performance, creating and re-shaping stage genres, and leveraging press coverage while seeming not to, she was above all a shrewd manager and a fascinating stage artist. Clive’s career reveals to us gorgeous song otherwise lost and perspectives previously unknown. For music historians, musicologists, theatre scholars, and anyone curious about performance history and star production in eighteenth-century Britain, her story is not to be missed.