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  • 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...

  • Masters of the French Art Songby Timothy LeVan

    Scarecrow Press 1991; US$ 64.99

    Now in Paper! An invaluable reference text for singers, teachers, and vocal and operatic coaches, this volume contains the complete song texts of the songs for voice and piano by Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Faure, and Ravel. Available in paperback in 2001. more...

  • Gondolaby Donna Leon

    Grove/Atlantic, Inc. 2014;

    Of all the trademarks of Venice—and there are many, from the gilded Basilica of San Marco to the melancholy Bridge of Sighs—none is more ubiquitous than the gondola. The internationally acclaimed “American with the Venetian heart,? Donna Leon, tells its fascinating story ( The Washington Post ). First used in medieval Venice as a deftly maneuverable... more...

  • A History of Operaby Roger Parker; Carolyn Abbate

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    Opera is in many ways the most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years. Prohibitively expensive and patently unrealistic, it can nevertheless paint the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book, the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions... 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...

  • The Toughest Show on Earthby Joseph Volpe; Charles Michener

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 17.00

    The Toughest Show on Earth is the ultimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the divas and the dramas of New York?s Metropolitan Opera House, by the remarkable man who rose from apprentice carpenter to general manager. Joseph Volpe gives us an anecdote-filled tour of more than four decades at the Met, an institution full of vast egos and complicated... more...

  • Wagner Without Fearby William Berger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    Do you cringe when your opera-loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan? Do you feel faint just thinking about the six-hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to? Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannhäuser complex? If you're baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you've longed to fathom the mysteries... more...

  • Halfway Homeby Ronan Tynan

    Scribner 2002; US$ 14.11

    Yes, I am a singer. But I am also a horseman, an athlete, and a doctor. I am a son, a brother, and a friend. I can sing as I do only because of the life that I've led. With each decade, I've found myself in very different, evermore challenging arenas, but the many stages of my life have always intertwined. I have moved from one stage to the next as... more...