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  • The Mélodies of Francis Poulencby Alissa Deeter; Robert Peavler

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 74.99

    The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc is the first work to contain the complete collection of Poulenc mélodies, providing IPA transcriptions and word-for-word translations in an easy reference format. Also included are the highly regarded poetic translations of Winifred Radford. more...

  • Opera Actsby Karen Henson

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    Karen Henson explores a wealth of new historical material about singers and opera performance in the late nineteenth century. more...

  • Opera and Modern Spectatorship in Late Nineteenth-Century Italyby Alessandra Campana

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    Alessandra Campana explores how operas and their stage manuals participated in the making of a modern public in late nineteenth-century Italy. more...

  • Giacomo Pucciniby Roger Flury

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 119.99

    In Giacomo Puccini: A Discography , librarian and music historian Roger Flury brings together information on nearly 10,000 recordings of Giacomo Puccini's music. Flury looks at each of Puccini's operas chronologically from Le Villi to Turandot , followed by sections on Puccini's instrumental, chamber, orchestral, and solo vocal works.... more...

  • Monstrous Operaby Charles Dill

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    One of the foremost composers of the French Baroque operatic tradition, Rameau is often cited for his struggle to steer lyric tragedy away from its strict Lullian form, inspired by spoken tragedy, and toward a more expressive musical style. In this fresh exploration of Rameau's compositional aesthetic, Charles Dill depicts a much more complicated... more...

  • Wagner Androgyneby Jean-Jacques Nattiez; Stewart Spencer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 47.50

    That Wagner conceived of himself creatively as both man and woman is central to an understanding of his life and art. So argues Jean-Jacques Nattiez in this richly insightful work, where he draws from semiology, music criticism, and psychoanalysis to explore such topics as Wagner's theories of music drama, his anti-Semitism, and his psyche. Wagner,... more...

  • Roland Hayesby Christopher A. Brooks; Robert Sims

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 39.99

    Performing in a country rife with racism and segregation, the tenor Roland Hayes was the first African American man to reach international fame as a concert performer and one of the few artists who could sell out Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, and Covent Garden. His trailblazing career carved the way for a host of African American artists,... more...

  • Leonora's Last Actby Roger Parker

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 67.50

    In these essays, Roger Parker brings a series of valuable insights to bear on Verdian analysis and criticism, and does so in a way that responds both to an opera-goer's love of musical drama and to a scholar's concern for recent critical trends. As he writes at one point: "opera challenges us by means of its brash impurity, its loose ends and excess... more...

  • In Search of Operaby Carolyn Abbate

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle... more...

  • Mad Lovesby Heather Hadlock

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 67.50

    In a lively exploration of Jacques Offenbach's final masterpiece, Heather Hadlock shows how Les Contes d'Hoffmann summed up not only the composer's career but also a century of Romantic culture. A strange fusion of irony and profundity, frivolity and nightmare, the opera unfolds as a series of dreamlike episodes, peopled by such archetypes as the... more...