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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!
A guide for opera enthusiasts and converts to this ancient rite. It explores 400 years of music drama from late-Renaissance Italy to works from contemporary names including Philip Glass and Thomas Ades. It helps you discover hundreds of classic and modern opera interpretations and learn about the lives of operatic masters.
Jonas Kaufmann: In Conversation With
Authorised biography of one of the greatest classical tenors in the world today, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Conversations with Rossini
The autobiography that Rossini never got round to writing
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
Angela Gheorghiu - A Life for Art
The biography of the great soprano, in her own words
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.
A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera
A lively introduction to opera, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century
Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion
A word-for-word translation of Wagners epic masterwork with the full German text.
Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer
Matthew Hoch and Linda Lister examine all aspects of singing, including nontechnical matters, such as auditioning, performance anxiety, score preparation, practice performance tips, business etiquette, and many other important topics for the advanced singer.
Women Opera Composers: Biographies from the 1500s to the 21st Century
The history of women opera is a grand story. Singers and patrons, of course, but also women were composers and librettists from opera's beginnings in Renaissance Italy. This book focuses on the women, from the 16th century to today, who have had successful careers in opera, many of them well known in their time.
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.
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.
ABC of Opera: Baroque
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.
National Identity in Contemporary Australian Opera: Myths Reconsidered
Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement
Opera Lives
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.
My World
The operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti has reached a level of superstardom usually only reached by film and pop stars. His concerts are attended by thousands, his records selling millions. This is a portrait of this extraordinary artist, covering the major events of his public and private life.
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.
Faber Pocket Guide to Opera: New Edition
This new edition of leading opera critic Rupert Christiansen's perennially popular Pocket Guide has between extensively revised, and incorporates many more operas from all periods, including recent works by Philip Glass, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thomas Ades and George Benjamin.
Who's Who and What's What in Wagner
Inventing the Opera House: Theater Architecture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy
This book about the invention of the opera house, a building type of world-wide importance, treats its subject in interdisciplinary ways that involve music, art, theater, politics, and renaissance studies. Its careful scholarship is for specialists, while its clear, lively prose is for general readers. It is the only work in English on the subject.
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
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.
Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement, Second Edition
"The first edition of this book appeared as volume 2 in the series California Studies in 20th-Century Music."
Brecht at the Opera
German Operetta on Broadway and in the West End, 1900-1940
A study of a neglected but crucial part of the history of the West End and Broadway. The stage works presented here connect to major topics of the twentieth century including modernity, cosmopolitanism and media technology. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
Mikado Memories
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.
Halfway Home
Diagnosed with a lower limb disability at birth, Ronan Tynan had his legs amputated when he was 20 years old. What followed was a remarkable story of determination which saw him gain 18 gold medals and 14 world records at the Paralympics, a medical degree and an international singing career.
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.
Boris Godunov
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.
Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession
Though some dismiss opera as old-fashioned, it shows no sign of disappearing from the world's stage. So why do audiences continue to flock to it? This title discovers the fanatics who haunt the legendary Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires, a key site for opera's globalization. It proposes ways of thinking about our relationship to art.
Painting the Stage: Artists as Stage Designers
Bert Weedon's Pick a Chord
Pick A Chord follows the ethos of Weedon's hugely influential Play In A Day book and DVD, giving guitarists the tools needed to start playing from day one. An essential chord dictionary that every guitarist should have in their gigbag, it contains basic major/minor chords for the beginner through to extended/jazz chords for the advanced player.
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.
Giacomo Puccini and His World
Beyond Reason: Wagner contra Nietzsche
Relates Wagner's works to the philosophical and cultural ideas of his time, centering on the four music dramas he created in the second half of his career: Der Ring des Nibelungen, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, and Parsifal.
Definitive Opera Encyclopedia: New & Expanded Edition
Updated, expanded and richly detailed this new, text version of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Opera examines the history and development of opera, from its roots in the theatrical choral dances of Ancient Greece, through the sublime compositions of Handel and Mozart and on to the groundbreaking works of Verdi, Wagner and beyond.
Arthur Sullivan: A Musical Reappraisal
Harrison Birtwistle's Operas and Music Theatre
Beard presents a definitive study of the works of Harrison Birtwistle, one of Britain's foremost living composers and a leading exponent of music drama. Drawing upon a substantial body of previously undocumented primary sources, the book goes beyond previous studies of the composer to include works unveiled from 2000 onwards.
Embodying Voice: Singing Verdi, Singing Wagner
Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera: A History
In this book, Rebecca Harris-Warrick dismantles the prevailing notion that dance in French Baroque opera was merely decorative, and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement is essential to understanding the work. Evolving practices in music, librettos, choreography and staging are brought to bear on sixty years of operatic history.
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.