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Title:
The opera lover's companion
Author:
Osborne, Charles, 1927-
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xii, 627 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780300104400
Format :
Book

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Summary

This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. Written by a well-known authority, the book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer's career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of the principal roles. In addition, the entries recount details of the first performance and subsequent performance history and provide guidance on the relative quality of available recordings.

Aimed at opera lovers and committed newcomers rather than specialists, The Opera-Lover's Companion does not set out to cover every opera but only those most frequently encountered in opera houses or on recordings. Although the book is dominated by the five great opera composers--Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss--fifty-eight other composers are also represented.

It is always more pleasurable to go to the opera with a knowledgeable and experienced companion. If you can't, you'll want to take this book.


Author Notes

Charles Osborne is a well-known writer, critic, and opera specialist who has been London music critic of the New York Times and chief drama critic of the London Daily Telegraph. The author of many books on operas, he lectures regularly in the United States, attends the major opera festivals around the world, sits on award panels, and broadcasts extensively.