Opera For Dummies
“Pogue is a wonderful teacher… He can teach anybody.”
— Gay Talese, bestselling author of Honor Thy Father
“Scott Speck is a great communicator of classical music…. Concert audiences and readers alike can’t help getting caught up in the joy of his subject.”
Opera is weird. Everybody wears makeup and sings all the time. Even when they’re singing your language, which is rare, you still can’t understand the words. Women play men, men play women, and 45-year-olds play teenagers. All the main characters seem to get killed off. And when somebody dies, he takes ten minutes to sing about it. Yet, for all its weirdness, an operatic experience is an experience in breathtaking beauty. When you hear a soprano float a soft high C, or a tenor singing a love song, or a full-throated chorus in the climax of a scene’s dramatic finale, you can’t help getting goosebumps.
Want to experience all that beauty for yourself, but don’t know where to begin? Opera For Dummies is an excellent place to start. Written by an acclaimed conductor and a musical director, this friendly guide tells you what you need to know to:
Whether you’re interested in attending a live opera, want to build a collection of recordings, or just want to be able to talk about opera intelligently, Opera For Dummies is for you. Among other things, you’ll explore:
On the bonus CD you’ll find:
Wonder what it is about opera that can make a grown person cry like a baby? Find out in Opera For Dummies.
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Review: Opera for DummiesUser Review - Bookseller Cate - Goodreads
I generally like the ...for Dummies books as introductions to a topic. Usually they are set up to keep the facts accessible to those of varying interests and don't take themselves too seriously. Opera ... Read full review
Review: Opera for DummiesUser Review - Kris - Goodreads
A very informative reference book for any Opera beginner - it's easy and fun! A great handbook. Read full review