100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 17, 2010 - Music - 560 pages
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An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and aficionados, 100 Great Operas is perhaps the most comprehensive and enjoyable volume of opera stories ever written.

From La Traviata to Ada, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, here are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, told in an engaging, picturesque, and readable manner. Written by noted opera authority Henry W. Simon, this distinctive reference book contains act-by-act descriptions of 100 operatic works ranging from the historic early seventeenth century masterpieces of Monteverdi to the modern classics of Gian-Carlo Menotti.

In addition to highlighting the most important aspects of each opera, the author discusses the main characters, the famous turnings of plot, and the most significant arias. Here, too, is a wealth of anecdotes concerning literary background, past performances and stars, and production problems of the great operas.

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User Review  - LA12Hernandez - LibraryThing

They presented the operas like short stories. Not alot of background on when first shown, who sang and why like in other books I have. Just easy to read and understand story lines act by act. Read full review

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User Review  - castiron - LibraryThing

Good summaries of many popular and less well-known operas. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Henry W. Simon (1901–70) was an author, editor, educator, and music critic and served as chairman of the Music Critics Circle of New York. His other books include thePocket Treasury of Great OperasandThe Victor Book of the Opera(revised edition).

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