In the age of Alfonso II D’Este (1533-1597), the
tournois à thème developed into a more complex performance, the
cavalleria, which involved stage-setting, acting, music, dancing, machinery and firework displays. One of its most accomplished examples was the
cavalleriaL’Isola Beata (1569), which is fully described and analysed in this work. The
cavalleria also influenced the development of dramatic tournaments in the Italian courts, and anticipated a new form of performance in the Baroque period, the
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2003. 182 pp., 21 ill.
Contents: Renaissance theatre in Ferrara: a general view – The Age of Alfonso II – Ferrarese cavallerias (1561-1570):
L‘Isola Beata (1569) – Influence of cavalleria in Italy – The opera-torneo in Ferrara and the Ferrarese tradition
in the Baroque period.