Definition of impresario in English:


Line breaks: im¦pres|ario
Pronunciation: /ˌɪmprɪˈsɑːrɪəʊ

noun (plural impresarios)

  • 1A person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, or operas.
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    • 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.
    • Last year, the concert impresario allowed fans to access recordings of live performances from its Reading Festival.
    • As an impresario, Goh organized the Stars of North American Ballet tour to China in 2002.
  • 1.1chiefly • historical The manager of a musical, theatrical, or operatic company.
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    • Nonetheless, his great-grandfather was a clown at the Tivoli in Copenhagen, then a ringmaster, then an impresario.
    • 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.
    • 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.


mid 18th century: from Italian, from impresa 'undertaking'.

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