Ticket to the Opera: Discovering and Exploring 100 Famous Works, History, Lore, and Singers, with Rec (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Mar 30, 2011 - Music - 720 pages
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In Ticket to the Opera, Phil G. Goulding finally makes the magic and mystique of opera accessible to all. Here he offers a complete operatic education, including history, definitions of key musical terms, opera lore and gossip, portraits of famous singers and the roles they immortalized, as well as pithy introductions to the greatest operas of Europe and America and their composers. The book's centerpiece is what Goulding terms "the collection"--85 classics, among them Aida, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly, that have been packing the world's opera houses for years. This entertaining, meticulously researched book also includes a fascinating chapter on American opera from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess to Philip Glass's Einstein on the Beach and a discussion of the gems of twentieth-century opera featuring works like Leos Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Alban Berg's Lulu, and Serge Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges.

Whether you're a curious neophyte, a music lover interested in branching out, or an aficionado eager to compare notes with a brilliant fellow opera buff, you'll prize Ticket to the Opera as an essential volume in your music library.


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Contents

The Collection What It Is and What It Isnt
3
ID Bracelets for The Collection
15
Setting the Stage A Short History of Opera
33
The Collection
75
The Twentiethcentury European Package
494
Opera in America and American Opera
546
V oices Roles and Singers
593
Building a Collection The Ten Best Operas
645
Bleeding Hunks
651
Index
667
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About the author (2011)

Goulding was never professionally trained in classical music. He was a Washington newspaper reporter, an Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a petroleum industry executive.

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