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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...

  • Opera Actsby Karen Henson

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00 US$ 64.78

    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 US$ 64.78

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

  • The Moderate Sopranoby David Hare

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 14.57

    'I want to give my country a model of perfection... Nothing less. My country needs cheering up. I'm the man to do it.' Nobody can doubt John Christie's passion nor his formidable will: his wooing of his opera singer wife has been marked by a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos. Now, in 1934, this Etonian... 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...

  • The Crafty Art of Operaby Michael Hampe; Chris Walton

    Boydell & Brewer 2016; US$ 29.15

    Insights into an opera stage director's work from an internationally acclaimed director and teacher. more...

  • The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Centuryby Rachel Cowgill; Hilary Poriss

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 26.99 US$ 23.21

    The Arts of the Prima Donna assembles a star-studded yet well-balanced cast of contributors, whose essays combine theoretical approaches to text and narrative, and current theory on gender, performativity, and the commodification of the female body, with the growing understanding of the lives, careers, and performances of the female opera singer. more...

  • Understanding Italian Operaby Tim Carter

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 16.99 US$ 14.61

    Opera has long fascinated creative artists and audiences alike. It is often regarded as the pinnacle of high art, yet it is also shrouded in mystique. Understanding Italian Opera unravels its many layers by looking closely at five of the most enduring and emblematic Italian operas from Monteverdi to Puccini. more...

  • Melodramatic Voices: Understanding Music Dramaby Sarah Hibberd

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    The genre of mélodrame à grand spectacle that emerged in the boulevard theatres of Paris in the 1790s - and which was quickly exported abroad - expressed the moral struggle between good and evil through a drama of heightened emotions. Physical gesture, mise en scène and music were as important in communicating meaning and passion as spoken dialogue.... more...