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Opera

  • 100 Great Operas And Their Storiesby Henry W. Simon

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.95

    An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background,... more...

  • The Absence of God in Modernist Literatureby Gregory Erickson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 95.00

    Uses recent thought in continental philosophy and postmodern theology to interpret hidden and contradictory 'god-ideas' in texts of modernism such as Henry James's The Golden Bowl , Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time , James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man , and Arnold Schoenberg's opera Moses und Aron . more...

  • Acting for Singersby David F. Ostwald

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 22.99

    Explains how to analyse a script of libretto, shows how to develop a character building on material in the score, and gives the singing performer the tools to act believably. This book addresses the problems of concenration, trust, and projection, among others, and includes concrete examples from opera and musical theatre. more...

  • Alice Mayby Adrienne Simpson

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 85.00

    This biography tells the story of Alice May, a touring prima donna in the nineteenth century who travelled from England to Australia, New Zealand, India and the US, taking part in pioneering performances of the popular light operas of the day. Along the way she took part in many premieres, including the first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The... more...

  • Alternative Chinese Opera in the Age of Globalizationby Professor Daphne P. Lei

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 90.00

    Bringing the study of Chinese theatre into the 21st-century, Lei discusses ways in which traditional art can survive and thrive in the age of modernization and globalization. Building on her previous work, this new book focuses on various forms of Chinese 'opera' in locations around the Pacific Rim, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and California. more...

  • Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stageby Peter Brown; Suzana Ograjen?ek

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 159.99

    Opera was invented at the end of the sixteenth century in imitation of the supposed style of delivery of ancient Greek tragedy, and, since then, operas based on Greek drama have been among the most important in the repertoire. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the fields of Classics, Musicology, Dance Studies, English Literature,... more...

  • Art and Ideology in European Operaby Rachel Cowgill; David Cooper; Clive Brown

    Boydell & Brewer 2010; US$ 99.00

    Essays highlight the interplay between opera, art and ideology across three centuries. Three broad themes are opened up from a variety of approaches: nationalism, cosmopolitanism and national opera; opera, class and the politics of enlightenment; and opera and otherness. more...

  • Beauty or Beast?by Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 84.99

    A regiment of women warriors strides across the battlefield of German culture - on the stage, in the opera house, on the page, and in paintings and prints. These warriors are re-imaginings by men of figures such as the Amazons, the Valkyries, and the biblical killer Judith. They are transgressive and therefore frightening figures who leave their proper... more...

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

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    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...

  • Bel Cantoby Robert Toft

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 21.99

    Bel canto, or 'beautiful singing,' remains one of the most elusive performance styles vocalists strive to master. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, composers routinely left the final shaping of recitatives, arias, and songs to performers, and singers treated scores freely so that inexpressively notated music could be turned... more...