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Opera

  • 100 Great Operas And Their Storiesby Henry W. Simon

    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...

  • 30-Second Operaby Hugo Shirley

    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...

  • Acting for Singersby David F. Ostwald

    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...

  • Aesthetic Technologies of Modernity, Subjectivity, and Natureby Richard Leppert

    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...

  • After Wagnerby Mark Berry

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 95.00

    Offers histories of music drama beginning with Wagner's Parsifal and then looking at works by Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Luigi Dallapiccola, Luigi Nono and Hans Werner Henze. more...

  • Alice Mayby Adrienne Simpson

    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...

  • Alternative Chinese Opera in the Age of Globalizationby Professor Daphne P. Lei

    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...

  • Altoby Dan H. Marek

    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...

  • The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Centuryby Rachel Cowgill; Hilary Poriss

    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...

  • The Authentic Magic Flute Librettoby Michael Freyhan

    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...