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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...

  • Opera Actsby Karen Henson

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    Karen Henson explores a wealth of new historical material about singers and opera performance in the late nineteenth century. 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...

  • 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...

  • Ring Resoundingby John Culshaw

    Random House 2012; US$ 27.18

    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...

  • Verdi With a Vengeanceby William Berger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.95

    Everything you could possibly know about Verdi and his operas, from the brilliant and humorous author of Wagner Without Fear . If you want to know why La traviata was actually a flop at its premiere in 1853, it's in here.  If you want to know why claiming to have heard Bjorling's Chicago performance of Il trovatore is the classic opera fan faux... more...

  • Wagner Without Fearby William Berger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    Do you cringe when your opera-loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan? Do you feel faint just thinking about the six-hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to? Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannhäuser complex? If you're baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you've longed to fathom the mysteries... more...

  • Verdi's Attilaby Burton D. Fisher

    Opera Journeys Publishing 2008; US$ 11.75

    A complete newly translated libretto with Italian-English side-by-side, including Music Highlight Examples. more...

  • Situating Operaby Herbert Lindenberger

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 88.00

    Elegantly and engagingly written, this study demonstrates how opera has communicated with its diverse audiences over time. more...