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- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 18.95
An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background,... more...
- The Ivy Press 2015; US$ 14.95
Live operatic performance was once part of popular culture, yet to the modern novice it can seem exclusive, overwhelming and, often, very very long. In 30-Second Opera, music journalist Hugo Shirley takes the reader through the many building blocks that combine to bring the medium alive: its musical history, context and language, its composers,... more...
- Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 35.99 US$ 30.95
Written to meet the needs of thousands of students and pre-professional singers participating in production workshops and classes in opera and musical theater, Acting for Singers leads singing performers step by step from the studio or classroom through audition and rehearsals to a successful performance. Using a clear, systematic, positive approach,... more...
- University of California Press 2015; US$ 70.00 US$ 56.00
Virginia Woolf famously claimed that, around December 1910, human character changed. Aesthetic Technologies addresses how music (especially opera), the phonograph, and film served as cultural agents facilitating the many extraordinary social, artistic, and cultural shifts that characterized the new century and much of what followed long thereafter,... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 47.95
This biography tells the story of Alice May, a touring prima donna in the nineteenth century who travelled from England to Australia, New Zealand, India and the US, taking part in pioneering performances of the popular light operas of the day. Along the way she took part in many premieres, including the first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00
Bringing the study of Chinese theatre into the 21st-century, Lei discusses ways in which traditional art can survive and thrive in the age of modernization and globalization. Building on her previous work, this new book focuses on various forms of Chinese 'opera' in locations around the Pacific Rim, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and California. more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 84.99
Alto: The Voice of Bel Canto by Dan H. Marek 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 the 24 Easy Vocalises in Progressive Order... more...
- Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 26.99 US$ 23.21
The Arts of the Prima Donna assembles a star-studded yet well-balanced cast of contributors, whose essays combine theoretical approaches to text and narrative, and current theory on gender, performativity, and the commodification of the female body, with the growing understanding of the lives, careers, and performances of the female opera singer. more...
- Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 79.99
This book investigates the authenticity of the first full-score edition of Mozart's Die Zauberflste in light of the unique relationship of words to music that exists where the libretto differs from that of Mozart's autograph. The book presents documentary evidence relating to the origin and early publication and performance history of the text, and... more...