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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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$ 184.99

    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 and Modern Spectatorship in Late Nineteenth-Century Italyby Alessandra Campana

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    Alessandra Campana explores how operas and their stage manuals participated in the making of a modern public in late nineteenth-century Italy. more...

  • Tebaldo Ed Isolinaby Francesco Morlacchi Morlacchi

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 31.95

    First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • 30-Second Operaby Hugo Shirley

    The Ivy Press 2015; US$ 14.95

    Live operatic performance was once part of popular culture, yet to the modern novice it can seem exclusive, overwhelming and, often, very very long. In 30-Second Opera, music journalist Hugo Shirley takes the reader through the many building blocks that combine to bring the medium alive: its musical history, context and language, its composers,... more...

  • An Invitation to the Opera, Revisedby John Louis DiGaetani

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 55.00

    In its revised third edition, this volume argues that an appreciation of opera is based on understanding of several key aspects: history, language, theatrical production, the power of the conductor, vocal tradition and standard repertory. This unique approach is intended for the newcomer curious about the art form. The author discusses how opera has... more...