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Jonas Kaufmann: In Conversation With
Authorised biography of one of the greatest classical tenors in the world today, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Bluffer's Guide to Opera: Instant Wit & Wisdom
Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of opera. Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
Marriage Of Figaro (Book And CDs): The Complete Opera on Two CDs
The Black Dog Opera Library is the best, easiest, and most informative and budget-friendly way to enjoy four of the greatest operas of all time. Each book includes the complete Opera on 2 CDs and the complete libretto in its original language and English translation!
My World
In Pavarotti: My World, he talks candidly about his successes and trials, from his forays into popular music and his performances in China, to the boos he endured at La Scala, from the near-fatal illness of his youngest daughter, to his worldwide efforts to convert people to the joys of classical music and opera.
Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera
The first and only global social history of the world's most romantic, flamboyant, glamorous and politically influential art-form: opera. 'A mighty achievement, by far and away the best history of opera available.' Tim Blanning, Literary Review
Conversations with Rossini
The autobiography that Rossini never got round to writing
Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion
A word-for-word translation of Wagners epic masterwork with the full German text.
Angela Gheorghiu - A Life for Art
The biography of the great soprano, in her own words
A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera
A lively introduction to opera, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century
Moderate Soprano
I'm the man to do it. A man of great passions, John Christie wooed his opera singer wife with a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos.
Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet
This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre-his set designs for opera and ballets.
Opera Manual
The Opera Manual is the only single source for the answers to these and other important questions. It is the ultimate companion for opera lovers, professionals, scholars, and teachers, featuring comprehensive information about, and plot summaries for, more than 550 operas--including every opera that is likely to be performed today, from standard to rediscovered contemporary works.
ABC of Opera: Baroque
Ring of the Nibelung
Don Pasquale Libretto
Mozart and His Operas
Mozart's unusual childhood as a musical prodigy touring Europe as a performer from an early age is well known. This book presents a narrative that puts Mozart's operas in the context of his life, showing how they illuminate his creativity as a whole.
Painting the Stage: Artists as Stage Designers
National Identity in Contemporary Australian Opera: Myths Reconsidered
Verdi: The Man Revealed
Genius, patriot, pessimist, atheist: a fascinating exploration of Italy's best-loved composer, Giuseppe Verdi
Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement
Finding My Voice
Russell 'The Voice' Watson is a star with a real story to tell. While most stars of today find success early, Russell was still working in a Salford factory at the age of 30.
Giacomo Puccini and His World
Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend
Legendary soprano Maria Callas, whose singing was as sensational as her life, is the subject of this biography by author and columnist Huffington. Huffington tells of Callas' transformation from a shy, chubby girl into one of the greatest opera singers of all time, her passionate love affair with Aristotle Onassis, and her ill-fated marriage.
Faber Pocket Guide to Wagner
Richard Wagner remains, almost 130 years after his death, the most controversial composer in the history of music. The author gives accounts of all his operas and indicating some of the key musical features. He also provides an outline of Wagner's astonishing life.
Fashion Designers at the Opera
Fashion and opera are natural arenas for collaboration. This book profiles ten leading figures in the world of fashion, together with illustrations of their costume designs. Of interest to opera fans as well as fashionistas, this book applauds the achievements of couturiers-turned-costume designers.
Essential Britten: A Pocket Guide for the Britten Centenary
Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. An indispensable source of fresh insights into this towering figure in British music, this is an updated edition of the Faber Pocket Guide to Britten, including the full text of Britten's speech On Receiving the First Aspen Award.
30-Second Opera: The 50 Crucial Concepts, Roles and Performers, each explained in Half a Minute
Live operatic performance was once part of popular culture yet in modern times it has become caricatured as exclusive, overwhelming and, often long. This book takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand.
Modernism and Opera
This captivating book-the first of its kind-will appeal to scholars of literature, music, theater, and modernity as well as to sophisticated opera lovers everywhere.
Who's Who and What's What in Wagner
Musik an Den Welfenhoefen
Der Musik an den Welfenhoefen, die insbesondere in Wolfenbuttel und Hannover eine tragende Reprasentationsfunktion hatte, kam im 17. und 18. Jh. uberregionale Bedeutung zu. Als Liebhaber der venezianischen Oper und Bewunderer der Hoffuhrung von Ludwig XIV. etablierten deren Herzoege eine geradezu europaisch gepragte Musikszene.
Spirit of This Place: How Music Illuminates the Human Spirit
Stinkfoot: An English Comic Opera
Operas of Benjamin Britten: Expression and Evasion
This controversial analysis of Britten's operatic works demonstrates how he used music to explore his most private concerns.
Opera for Everybody: The Story of English National Opera
Susie Gilbert traces the development of ENO from its earliest origins in the darkest Victorian slums of the Cut, where it was conceived as a vehicle of social reform, through two world wars, and via Sadler's Wells to its great glory days at the Coliseum and beyond.
Essays on Handel and Italian Opera
In this valuable collection of essays, published to coincide with the tercentenary of Handel's birth, Reinhard Strohm examines the relationship between Handel's great operas and the earlier European Baroque tradition, focusing on the Italian school, to which they are so crucially indebted.
Companion to Wagner's <I>Parsifal</I>
New essays demonstrating and exploring the abiding fascination of Wagner's controversial work.
Boris Godunov
Operetta: A Sourcebook, Volume I
Operetta developed in the second half of the 19th century from the French opera-comique and the more lighthearted German Singspiel. As the century progressed, the serious concerns of mainstream opera were sustained and intensified, leaving a gap between opera-comique and vaudeville that necessitated a new type of stage work.
Richard Wagner: A Research and Information Guide
Alto: The Voice of Bel Canto
Alto: The Voice of Bel Canto examines the careers of the great alto singers, including the great castrati, from the dawn of opera in 1597 to the present day. He surveys the music of the composers who wrote for the alto voice and includes musical examples and exercises adapted from 24 Easy Vocalises in Progressive Order for Medium Voice.
Arthur Sullivan: A Musical Reappraisal
Operatic Geographies: The Place of Opera and the Opera House
Real Traviata: The Song of Marie Duplessis
The story of Marie Duplessis, the woman who inspired Verdi's La traviata. A rags-to-riches fairytale, from rural poverty to Parisian stardom, which ended in tragedy but gave rise to some of the most heart-wrenching and lyrical music ever composed.
Passions of Peter Sellars: Staging the Music
Recognised as one of the most innovative and influential directors of our time, Peter Sellars has produced acclaimed - and often controversial - versions of many beloved operas and oratorios. He has also collaborated with several composers to create challenging new operas. This volume explores the development of his style.
Korngold and His World
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) was the last compositional prodigy to emerge from the Austro-German tradition of Mozart and Mendelssohn. He was lauded in his youth by everyone from Mahler to Puccini and his auspicious career in the early 1900s spanned chamber music, opera, and musical theater. Today, he is best known for his Hollywood film scores, composed between 1935 and 1947.
Opera Choruses
Opera Choruses is a collection of 35 classic opera choruses, skilfully arranged as separate concert works, all with excellent English singing translations and practical keyboard reductions. The accompanying orchestral material for all titles in the collection is available on hire. Some items from this volume are available separately as leaflets in the Oxford Choral Classics Octavo series.
Wagner Operas
Discusses ten of Wagner's most beloved operas, illuminates their key themes and the myths and literary sources behind the librettos, and demonstrates how the composer's style changed from work to work.
Penguin Concise Guide to Opera
This concise edition of the critically-acclaimed New Penguin Opera Guide focusses on the composers and works most frequently performed today - ranging from Britten to Massenet, and from Mozart to Wagner.
Short History of Opera
Traces the developments in the evolution of musical drama. This book aims to reveal the genre's beginnings in the seventeenth century and its progress. It examines the standard performance repertoire and works considered important for the genre's development. It also presents an investigation of opera from Eastern European countries and Finland.
Intimate Letters