a Impresario (of Italian impresa: Enterprise) was in particular in 17. , 18. and 19. Century of the directors/conductors (perhaps also owners) of an opera house or a theatre and/or. an opera or a theatrical enterprise.
Its function was comparable with that of the today's director - it was on the one hand responsible to managing director and thus for the financial situation as well as for the Reputation of the house. One the most well-known Impresarios was a composer George Friedrich trade, which specified its operas in London in the own house and thus artistic leader and managing director was in personnel union. Such a personnel union was however not usual. Often the Impresario was a Mäzen, which did not contribute little fund from own fortune.
As Impresario also artist agents became or - manager designates, in particular within the ranges film and (music) theatres, which worry about commitments, up to complete career planning. The designation became in the course 20. Century in the German linguistic area uncommonly, today it is no longer common.
In the English linguistic area free theatre producers are called this very day Impresario (z. B. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., its Ziegfeld Follies at the beginning 20. Century large successes at Broadway celebrated, or also the musical composer and - producer Andrew Lloyd Webber).