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  • The History of Opera For Beginnersby Ron David; Sarah Woolley

    For Beginners 2013; US$ 16.99

    The History of Opera For Beginners  is a humorous, little book which starts with the radical assumption that Opera is just plain old music, rather than the highbrow, inaccessible music that everyone assumes it to be. The reader will learn the difference between Italian and German Opera and why you don?t have to study a new language to enjoy Opera.... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Operaby Helen M. Greenwald

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 174.99

    What IS opera? Contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Opera respond to this deceptively simple question with a rich and compelling exploration of opera's adaption to changing artistic and political currents. Fifty of the world's most respected scholars cast opera as a fluid entity that continuously reinvents itself in a reflection of its patrons,... more...

  • Ring Resoundingby John Culshaw

    Random House 2012; US$ 23.32

    Nothing in the history of recording approaches Decca?s mammoth venture in producing Wagner?s Ring complete for the first time. It was eight years in the making and this book tells the story of how it was made and the people who made it, written by the man who ? as the recording producer ? was in charge of the whole project. Conducted... more...

  • The Faber Pocket Guide to Operaby Rupert Christiansen

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 13.11

    This new edition of leading opera critic Rupert Christiansen's perennially popular Pocket Guide has between extensively revised, and incorporates many more operas from all periods, including recent works by Philip Glass, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin. Whether you are a first-timer at La Boheme or a seasoned Wagnerian,... more...

  • Death-Devoted Heartby Roger Scruton

    Oxford University Press, USA 2003; US$ 17.99

    A tale of forbidden love and inevitable death, the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde recounts the story of two lovers unknowingly drinking a magic potion and ultimately dying in one another's arms. While critics have lauded Wagner's Tristan and Isolde for the originality and subtlety of the music, they have denounced the drama as a "mere... more...

  • What to Listen For in Operaby Charles R. Beck

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 29.95

    Covering famous operas from 14 Italian, French and German composers, this handbook is designed to help listeners understand and appreciate the special skills required to sing famous operatic songs. The book includes a plot synopsis of each opera with information about each song, which are introduced in their dramatic settings along with the vocal requirements... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studiesby Nicholas Till

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    The first comprehensive attempt to map the current field of opera studies by leading scholars in the discipline. more...

  • Performing Operas for Mozartby Ian Woodfield

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 88.00

    A study of the Prague Italian opera company and its role in performing Mozart's works in the late eighteenth-century. more...

  • The Sounds of Paris in Verdi's La traviataby Emilio Sala

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 80.00

    Emilio Sala uses rare documents and images to re-examine Verdi's La traviata in the cultural context of mid-nineteenth-century Paris. more...

  • Operaby Robert Cannon

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    Perfect for music students and opera-goers, this book investigates what opera is, how it works and how it has developed. more...