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Opera

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • In Search of Operaby Carolyn Abbate

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle... more...

  • Vocal Apparitions: The Attraction of Cinema to Operaby Michal Grover-Friedlander

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 55.00

    Cinema and opera have become intertwined in a variety of powerful and unusual ways. Vocal Apparitions tells the story of this fascinating intersection, interprets how it occurred, and explores what happens when opera is projected onto the medium of film. Michal Grover-Friedlander finds striking affinities between film and opera--from Lon Chaney's... more...

  • Not Russian Enough?by Rutger Helmers

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 75.00

    Offers fresh perspectives on the function of nationalist thought in the cosmopolitan opera world, with particular emphasis on the idea of "Russianness" in four nineteenth-century operas by Glinka, Serov, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. more...

  • Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podiumby Joseph Church

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Theater music directors must draw on a remarkably broad range of musical skills. Not only do they conduct during rehearsals and performances, but they must also be adept arrangers, choral directors, vocal coaches, and accompanists. Like a record producer, the successful music director must have the flexibility to adjust as needed to a multifaceted... more...

  • What to Listen For in Operaby Charles R. Beck

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 29.95

    Covering famous operas from 14 Italian, French and German composers, this handbook is designed to help listeners understand and appreciate the special skills required to sing famous operatic songs. The book includes a plot synopsis of each opera with information about each song, which are introduced in their dramatic settings along with the vocal requirements... more...

  • Opera Northby Kara McKechnie

    Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2014; US$ 79.95

    This study seeks to explore universal issues relating to the production of opera, based on the very specific example of Opera North. Containing extensive archival materials, it is a resource for opera scholars, opera workers and opera lovers, which examines the fields of opera studies through history, ethnography, and production analysis. more...

  • Cathy Berberianby Pamela Karantonis; Francesca Placanica; Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala; Pieter Verstraete

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 119.95

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

  • The Oxford Handbook of Operaby Helen M. Greenwald

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 174.99

    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...