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  • Harrison Birtwistle's Operas and Music Theatreby David Beard

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 96.00

    A definitive source study of the stage works of Harrison Birtwistle, one of Britain's foremost living composers. more...

  • The Politics of Opera in Handel's Britainby Thomas McGeary

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 96.00

    Thomas McGeary's book explores the relationship between Italian opera and British partisan politics in the era of George Frideric Handel. more...

  • Bel Cantoby Robert Toft

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 21.99

    The art of bel canto, or 'beautiful singing,' is perhaps the most referenced and yet the most enigmatic and elusive style in the repertoire of the classically trained singer. In Bel Canto, the first ever guide to the bel canto style, author Robert Toft provides singers with the tools they need to bring scores to life in an historically informed manner. more...

  • The Rival Sirensby Suzanne Aspden

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 84.00

    The Rival Sirens examines the vital and intertwined roles of singers, audiences and local cultural context in creating eighteenth-century opera. more...

  • Verdi and Puccini Heroinesby Geoffrey Edwards; Ryan Edwards

    Scarecrow Press 2000; US$ 43.99

    Artistically limited by the bel canto musical tradition popular at the time, Verdi launched a new style dramma per musica which also demanded a new soprano archetype. This book illustrates the musical evolution of the Verdi and Puccini soprano while illuminating the dramatic scope and power of these great heroines. Avoiding critical reductionism,... more...

  • Wagner Androgyneby Jean-Jacques Nattiez; Stewart Spencer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 53.00

    That Wagner conceived of himself creatively as both man and woman is central to an understanding of his life and art. So argues Jean-Jacques Nattiez in this richly insightful work, where he draws from semiology, music criticism, and psychoanalysis to explore such topics as Wagner's theories of music drama, his anti-Semitism, and his psyche. Wagner,... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Operaby Helen M. Greenwald

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 184.99

    The Oxford Handbook of Opera offers a series of trenchant, cutting-edge, and previously unpublished essays on the most important and compelling issues confronting those who think and write about opera. The handbook emphasizes not only operas themselves, but such broad concerns of the discipline as genre, voice, national style, performance, censorship,... more...

  • Inventing the Business of Operaby Beth L. Glixon; Jonathan E. Glixon

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 30.99

    In mid-seventeenth-century Venice, opera first emerged from courts and private drawing rooms to become a form of public entertainment. Early commercial operas were elaborate spectacles, featuring ornate costumes and set design along with dancing and music. As ambitious works of theater, these productions required not only significant financial backing,... more...

  • Postopera: Reinventing the Voice-Bodyby Jelena Novak

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 109.95

    Both in opera studies and in most operatic works, the singing body is often taken for granted. In Postopera: Reinventing the Voice-Body , Jelena Novak reintroduces an awareness of the physicality of the singing body to opera studies. Arguing that the voice-body relationship itself is a producer of meaning, she furthermore posits this relationship... more...

  • Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocalityby Pamela Karantonis; Francesca Placanica; Pieter Verstraete

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    Cathy Berberian (1925-1983) was a vocal performance artist, singer and composer who pioneered a way of composing with the voice in the musical worlds of Europe, North America and beyond. As a modernist muse for many avant-garde composers, Cathy Berberian went on to embody the principles of postmodern thinking in her work, through vocality. She re-defined... more...