The Rough Guide to Opera

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Rough Guides, 2002 - Music - 735 pages
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The Rough Guide to Opera is a unique handbook on the most thrilling of art forms, spanning four hundred years of music drama. Features include: Lively biographical sketches of some 150 composers, from Claudio Monteverdi to Poul Ruders, detailing the main events of their careers and revealing their social and musical context. Entertaining accounts of hundreds of operas, both the famous and neglected, each with a clear synopsis and a lively essay. Incisive CD reviews, covering the latest digital recordings as well as dozens of classic historical sets. A who's who of the finest singers and conductors on record, from historical figures like Caruso, Callas and Toscanini to present-day stars like Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Daniel Barenboim. Superb photographs, drawings and CD cover images.

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User Review  - Jake Maguire - Goodreads

Found this volume to be highly informative- the next edition is supposed to have a lot more information on a greater amount of opera and provide expanded commentary. Hope it gets published soon. Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Great summary of the mainstream operatic works, major artists and the best recordings. Read full review


Baroque Opera
Giovanni Pergolesi 42
Les Indes galantes 48
Pimpinone 54
Orlando 62
John Gay 69
GlucK to Mozart
Joseph Haydn 87
Chapter Four The Age of Romanticism
List of operas covered in Chapter 5 209
Giacomo Puccini 362
Umberto Giordano 379
List of operas covered in Chapter 8 537
Directory or Singers 651
Directory or Conductors 691

matrimonio segreto 92
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail 99
Cosi fan tutte 107

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About the author (2002)

Boyden is a musicologist and writer on music. He has broadcast in England on Radio 3, Talk Radio, the World Service and Channel Four and is a Trustee of the John Ogdon Foundation. He lives in a Wesleyan Chapel in Cornwall, England.

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