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  • Nero in Operaby Gesine Manuwald

    De Gruyter 2013; US$ 140.00

    This book analyses the story of Nero and Octavia, as dramatically told in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia, and its transformations in (early) modern opera and related pieces of other performative genres. In a close examination of the libretto (and dramatic) texts, the impact of this fascinating story is shown from the beginning of historical opera. The... more...

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

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 76.00

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

  • 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$ 25.00

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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$ 82.00

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

  • Weep, Shudder, Dieby Robert Levine

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 15.99

    Decoding Wagner Despitethe popular success of the Metropolitan Opera?s ?Live in HD? series, opera?s grandworld of soaring sopranos and breathtaking baritones?of tragic Rigoletto, triumphal Sigmund, and desperate Orfeo, of faithful Figaro, heartbroken Pagliacci,and lusty Don Giovanni?remains wrapped in an aura of impenetrable esotericism.Piercing... more...