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  • The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Operaby Anthony R. DelDonna; Pierpaolo Polzonetti

    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...

  • Stravinsky: Oedipus Rexby Stephen Walsh

    Cambridge University Press 1993; US$ 30.00

    This clear and concise guide is the first ever to be written on this work and it describes the music and its staging in close detail. more...

  • The New York Times Essential Library: Operaby Anthony Tommasini

    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...

  • A Night at the Operaby Denis Sir Forman

    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...

  • Opera for Everybodyby Susie Gilbert

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 24.78

    A lively and authoritative history of England's oldest continuously performing arts company, the English National Opera. more...

  • The Faber Pocket Guide to Wagnerby Michael Tanner

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 13.11

    An authoritative and accessible guide to the most controversial composer in history. more...

  • Bel Cantoby Robert Toft

    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...

  • Nero in Operaby Gesine Manuwald

    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...

  • Opera As Dramaby Joseph Kerman

    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...

  • Opera's Second Deathby Slavoj Zizek; Mladen Dolar

    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...