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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!
Authorised biography of one of the greatest classical tenors in the world today, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
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.
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
The autobiography that Rossini never got round to writing
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.
The biography of the great soprano, in her own words
A word-for-word translation of Wagners epic masterwork with the full German text.
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 lively introduction to opera, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century
Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries? The authors answer this question in their scrupulous and provocative retelling of the history of opera, examining its development, the means by which it communicates, and its societal role.
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.
This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre-his set designs for opera and ballets.
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.
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.
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.
Genius, patriot, pessimist, atheist: a fascinating exploration of Italy's best-loved composer, Giuseppe Verdi
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.
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.
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.
This controversial analysis of Britten's operatic works demonstrates how he used music to explore his most private concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A unique reference work containing over 2,500 A-Z entries on operatic characters. Includes synopses for over 200 operas and operettas, as well as feature articles written by well-known personalities from the world of opera, including Placido Domingo and Dame Janet Baker. It is an essential book for anyone with an interest in opera.
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.
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.
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.
"The first edition of this book appeared as volume 2 in the series California Studies in 20th-Century Music."
Explores the history of the benefit performance in eighteenth-century Britain, revealing how benefits helped musicians establish themselves within the commercial structures of Britain's urban centres. This book is for anyone interested in British musical history, particularly its performers, audiences, and institutions.