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Title:
Opera plot index : a guide to locating plots and descriptions of operas, operettas, and other works of the musical theater, and associated material
Author:
Studwell, William E. (William Emmett), 1936-2010.
Publication Information:
New York : Garland Pub., 1990.
Physical Description:
xxi, 466 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780824046217
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Book

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First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


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Descriptions and plots of well-known operas are easily found, but lesser-known works can present difficulties. Studwell and Hamilton, authors of several previously published indexes and guides, have compiled a useful index, arranged by title, to locate plots and information on operas, operettas, and musicals in 159 sources. They have also provided valuable codes which indicate additional description, analysis, criticism, musical examples, bibliographies, extended plot summaries, and most important sources. A list of the books indexed and a composer index complete the volume. Opera Plot Index is now the most complete index available. The codes, although somewhat cumbersome, guide the user to the most pertinent sources and the sources indexed are, for the most part, readily available. Jeanette Drone's Index to Opera, Operetta and Musical Comedy Synopses in Collections and Periodicals (CH, Oct'78) indexes only 74 books and 4 periodical titles, but is not superseded since periodical titles are indexed, many sources are different, and some operas not listed by Studwell are included. Recommended for public and academic libraries, specialized and general, serving patrons interested in opera. -J. S. Sauer, SUNY College at New Paltz