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  • Wagner Androgyneby Jean-Jacques Nattiez; Stewart Spencer

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 47.50

    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...

  • 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...

  • Weep, Shudder, Dieby Robert Levine

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 12.99

    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...

  • The Beggar's Opera and Pollyby John Gay; Hal Gladfelder

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 7.99

    Gamesters and Highwaymen are generally very good to their Whores, but they are very Devils to their Wives.'With The Beggar's Opera (1728), John Gay created one of the most enduringly popular works in English theatre history, and invented a new dramatic form, the ballad opera. Gay's daring mixture of caustic political satire, well-loved... more...

  • Bellini's Norma (Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series)by Burton D. Fisher

    Opera Journeys Publishing 2006; US$ 9.75

    A comprehensive guide to Bellini's NORMA, featuring Principal Characters in the opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, and an insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis by Burton D. Fisher, noted opera author and lecturer. more...

  • Berlioz's The Damnation of Faustby Burton D Fisher

    Opera Journeys Publishing 2009; US$ 9.75

    A comprehensive opera-guide, featuring Principal Characters in the Opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, and Burton D. Fisher's insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis. more...

  • Bizet's CARMEN (Opera Journeys Libretto Series)by Burton D. Fisher

    Opera Journeys Publishing 2006; US$ 9.00

    A newly translated LIBRETTO of Bizet's CARMEN with many music examples. more...

  • Bizet's Carmenby Michael Steen

    Icon Books Ltd 2013; US$ 2.90

    The Paris audience in 1875 was shocked by the sexually explicit realism of Bizet’s exotic operatic masterpiece, its ‘verismo’ depiction of low life and brutal passion. But since the disastrous première - a sensational failure which hastened Bizet’s premature death - it has been the greatest operatic success. It led to... more...

  • The Business of Operaby Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson; Professor Derek B Scott; Professor Roberta Montemorra Marvin

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    The study of the business of opera has taken on new importance in the present harsh economic climate for the arts. This book presents research that sheds new light on a range of aspects concerning marketing, audience development, promotion, arts administration and economic issues that beset professionals working in the opera world. The editors? aim... more...

  • Cinderella and Companyby Manuela Hoelterhoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 19.00

    A wickedly funny look at opera today--the feuds and deals, maestros and managers, divine voices and outsized egos--and a portrait of the opera world's newest superstar at a formative point in her life and career.         In Cinderella & Company, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manuela Hoelterhoff takes us on a two-year trip on the circuit with... more...