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- Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 36.00
The perfect accompaniment to courses on eighteenth-century opera for both students and teachers, this Companion is a definitive reference resource. more...
- Henry Holt and Co. 2004; US$ 8.99
An insightful, provocative selection of the best opera performances, chosen by The New York Times 's chief classical music critic in one hundred original essays Opera intertwines the drama of the theater with the powerful emotionality of music. In this magical and illuminating guide to the best opera recordings, Anthony Tommasini delves into the... more...
- Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 24.95
This slightly irreverent guide to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's great operas, including Aida, La Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers. From the Hardcover edition. more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 21.99
Bel canto, or 'beautiful singing,' remains one of the most elusive performance styles vocalists strive to master. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, composers routinely left the final shaping of recitatives, arias, and songs to performers, and singers treated scores freely so that inexpressively notated music could be turned... more...
- De Gruyter 2013; US$ 140.00
This book analyses the story of Nero and Octavia, as dramatically told in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia, and its transformations in (early) modern opera and related pieces of other performative genres. In a close examination of the libretto (and dramatic) texts, the impact of this fascinating story is shown from the beginning of historical opera. The... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 22.95
Passionate, witty, and brilliant, Opera as Drama has been lauded as one of the most controversial, thought-provoking, and entertaining works of operatic criticism ever written. First published in 1956 and revised in 1988, Opera as Drama continues to be indispensable reading for all students and lovers of opera. more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 38.95
Opera's Second Death is a passionate exploration of opera - the genre, its masterpieces, and the nature of death. Using a dazzling array of tools, Slavoj Zizek and coauthor Mladen Dolar explore the strange compulsions that overpower characters in Mozart and Wagner, as well as our own desires to die and to go to the opera. more...