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Opera

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  • Tchaikovskyby David Brown

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 18.94

    A fascinating and detailed guide to the life and works of Russia's best-loved composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. more...

  • Mawrdew Czgowchwzby James Mccourt; Wayne Koestenbaum

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 15.95

    Diva Mawrdew Czgowchwz (pronounced ?Mardu Gorgeous?) bursts like the most brilliant of comets onto the international opera scene, only to confront the deadly malice and black magic of her rivals. Outrageous and uproarious, flamboyant and serious as only the most perfect frivolity can be, James McCourt?s entrancing send-up of the world of opera... more...

  • Weep, Shudder, Dieby Robert Levine

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    Decoding Wagner Despitethe popular success of the Metropolitan Opera?s ?Live in HD? series, opera?s grandworld of soaring sopranos and breathtaking baritones?of tragic Rigoletto, triumphal Sigmund, and desperate Orfeo, of faithful Figaro, heartbroken Pagliacci,and lusty Don Giovanni?remains wrapped in an aura of impenetrable esotericism.Piercing... more...

  • Engaging Haydnby Mary Hunter; Richard Will

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 26.00

    Haydn is enjoying renewed appreciation: this book explores fresh approaches to his music and the cultural forces affecting it. more...

  • Harrison Birtwistle's Operas and Music Theatreby David Beard

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 96.00

    A definitive source study of the stage works of Harrison Birtwistle, one of Britain's foremost living composers. more...

  • The Politics of Opera in Handel's Britainby Thomas McGeary

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 84.00

    Thomas McGeary's book explores the relationship between Italian opera and British partisan politics in the era of George Frideric Handel. more...

  • The Rival Sirensby Suzanne Aspden

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 84.00

    The Rival Sirens examines the vital and intertwined roles of singers, audiences and local cultural context in creating eighteenth-century opera. more...

  • Marvelous Melbaby Ann Blainey

    Ivan R. Dee 2009; US$ 27.99

    Nobody sings like Melba, and nobody ever will, proclaimed the impresario Oscar Hammerstein in 1908. Like many others of his time, he considered her the world's greatest singer. The wild acclaim showered on her by American fans led to the coining of the word Melbamania. Year after year she toured America on the Melba train, bringing opera and concerts... more...

  • Verdi and Puccini Heroinesby Geoffrey Edwards; Ryan Edwards

    Scarecrow Press 2000; US$ 39.99

    Artistically limited by the bel canto musical tradition popular at the time, Verdi launched a new style dramma per musica which also demanded a new soprano archetype. This book illustrates the musical evolution of the Verdi and Puccini soprano while illuminating the dramatic scope and power of these great heroines. Avoiding critical reductionism,... more...

  • Pr'hody lisky Bystrousky, The Cunning Little Vixenby Timothy Cheek

    Scarecrow Press 2003; US$ 59.99

    This entire volume is organized in a clear, readable format, resulting in a book that will help to make productions of The Cunning Little Vixen in the original Czech much easier a task than ever before. more...