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Opera

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  • Situating Operaby Herbert Lindenberger

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 88.00

    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$ 15.02

    "Icouldn't imagine a finer or livelier guide through the world of opera. . . . [Levine] distills a lifetime of passion and insight into this immenselyenjoyable survey, and with the right comic touch to make you wonder how operaever seemed intimidating." —Thomas May, author of Decoding Wagner Despitethe popular success of the Metropolitan Opera’s... more...

  • A Night at the Operaby Denis Forman

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 3.49

    This slightly irreverent guide to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's great operas, including Aida, La Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers. From the Hardcover edition. more...

  • Engaging Haydnby Mary Hunter; Richard Will

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 46.00

    Haydn is enjoying renewed appreciation: this book explores fresh approaches to his music and the cultural forces affecting it. more...

  • Harrison Birtwistle's Operas and Music Theatreby David Beard

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    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$ 28.00

    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$ 47.50

    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 US$ 48.23

    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...