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  • Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini's Late Styleby Andrew Davis

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 33.95

    Giacomo Puccini is one of the most frequently performed and best loved of all operatic composers. In Il Trittico, Turandot, and Puccini's Late Style, Andrew Davis takes on the subject of Puccini's last two works to better understand how the composer creates meaning through the juxtaposition of the conventional... more...

  • Finding My Voiceby Russell Watson

    Ebury Publishing 2009; US$ 12.68

    Russell 'The Voice' Watson is a star with a real story to tell. While most stars of today find success early, Russell was still working in a Salford factory at the age of 30. He spent the evenings singing in working men's clubs for extra cash to keep the bailiffs from his family's door. The chairman of Manchester United gave him his big break in May... more...

  • The Wagner Clanby Jonathan Carr

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 11.99

    For over a century the Wagners have presided over the Bayreuth Festival, playing host to many of the greatest and ghastliest figures in the arts and politics amidst family in-fighting and political controversy. Drawing on extensive interviews with members of the family and on both archive and recent material, Jonathan Carr presents a balanced but gripping... more...

  • The Nation's Stageby Michael Dolan; Michael Kaiser; David M. Rubenstein

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 40.00

    ?There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age of Elizabeth was also the age of Shakespeare, and the new frontier for which I campaign in public... more...

  • The Savoy Operas: The Complete Gilbert and Sullivanby Arthur Sullivan; W. S. Gilbert; Ed Glinert; Mike Leigh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 27.18

    Gilbert and Sullivan?s operas are some of the world?s best-loved musical works, delighting audiences with their joyous wit, topsy-turvy logic and extravagant wordplay. This glorious treasury is the definitive annotated edition of all fourteen of their operas. From the partially lost work Thespis , the first collaboration between W. S. Gilbert and... more...

  • Mozart and His Operasby David Cairns

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 20.78

    David Cairns weaves a brilliantly engaging narrative which puts Mozart?s operas in the context of his life, showing how they illuminate his creativity as a whole. Mozart?s unusual childhood as a musical prodigy touring Europe as a performer from an early age is well known. But even more remarkable is that the genius grew up, surviving his unnatural... more...

  • The Phantom of the Operaby Gaston Leroux; David Coward

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 6.99

    Leroux's classic Gothic melodrama, here freshly presented in a vivid new translation, with informative introduction and notes. The original novel behind Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical, The Phantom of the Opera tells of the masked Phantom whose obsessive love for Christine Daa? sets in chain a series of terrifying events. more...

  • Essays on Richard Wagner and Parsifal Including Robert Calverley Treveleyan’s The New Parsifalby Brian Keith-Smith

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2012; US$ 169.95

    New insights are given on the background to staging Tannhäuser and Parsifal. Sections on the illustrations to and parodies of Parsifal extend previous research, with special emphasis on the almost forgotten stage-designer Ludwig Sievert and early reception of the opera. The inclusion of a satirical text and Trevelyan’s parody reveal some... more...

  • Essential Brittenby John Bridcut

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 10.99

    John Bridcut, author of the acclaimed 'Britten's Children', has included significant fresh material which will make the book indispensable for Britten aficionados as well as for those who are discovering the composer's music for the first time. This guide is all about finding a way into Britten's music. An outline of planned chapters: - The Top... more...

  • Opera in the Age of Rousseauby David Charlton

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 26.00

    A wide-ranging account of opera on stage and in society in the age of Rousseau, from Rameau to Gluck. more...