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Impresario

[im-prə-SAR-ee-oh]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Italian, 18th century

1.

A person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, or operas.

2.

The manager of a musical, theatrical, or operatic company.

Examples of Impresario in a sentence

"My grandfather was a vaudeville impresario who produced and emceed touring variety shows."

"The impresario heard Sharon’s voice and invited her to tour with his opera as a chorus singer."

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About Impresario

In Italian, “impresario” means one who undertakes a task, such as running a business. The term is related to “impresa,” meaning “undertaking.” By the 18th century, “impresario” in English primarily referred to undertaking theater and stage productions.

Did you Know?

Impresarios aren’t an antiquated idea. Consider Andrew Lloyd Webber, the modern theater impresario and composer of “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera,” and pop music impresario Scott “Scooter” Braun. The manager has helped discover and promote superstars including Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande.

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