Opera History and Reference
100 Great Operas and Their Stories
100 Great Operas and Their Stories
Paperback      ISBN: 0385054483
Act-by-act summaries of one hundred outstanding operas accompany notes on their production, arias, and literary background
Catalogue Raisonne As Memoir: A Composer's Life
Catalogue Raisonne As Memoir
A Composer's Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816645051
The fascinating memoir of the 2004 Grammy-winning composer bases each chapter around a different composition and describes the memory of the life events each piece conjures up, detailing the inspiration and research that went into the creation of each work.
The Chronicle of Opera
The Chronicle of Opera
Paperback      ISBN: 0500286671
A visual history of opera describes its modest beginnings as a re-creation of classical Greek drama, to its peak in the seventeenth century, to its modern incarnations, in an account that is complemented by reference biographies, a glossary of terms, and a listing of opera house openings and premieres. Reprint.

The Complete Operas of Puccini: A Critical Guide
The Complete Operas of Puccini
A Critical Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0306802007
Provides historical background, plot summaries, and critical analyses of the music and librettos of all Puccini's operas
Cosi Fan Tutte: Women Are Like That : An Opera in Two Acts
Cosi Fan Tutte
Women Are Like That : An Opera in Two Acts
Italian    Paperback      ISBN: 0793511763
Italian/English. Translated by Martin.
Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World: Portraits and Revelations
Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World
Portraits and Revelations
Paperback      ISBN: 1885983255
"The sensibility of a magician, a trickster's dark humor, and a formidable musical and literary erudition."
The Encore
The Encore
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501102311
The author shares how, as a promising soprano studying at a celebrated academy, she was diagnosed with a dire pulmonary condition and had to undergo two double-lung transplants, and how she later reclaimed her life and rebuilt her career.
First Intermissions: Commentaries from the Met Revised and Enlarged Edition
First Intermissions
Commentaries from the Met Revised and Enlarged Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 087910970x
For well over twenty years, M. Owen Lee has been offering intermission talks during the Saturday afternoon Texaco Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, which now reach countries on six continents. In this book, Father Lee covers various operas of Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Richard Strauss, as well as a selection of French operas, including Faust, Carmen and Les Contes d'Hoffman. In all, his repertory contains 23 operatic masterworks, to all of which he brings insight, learning and the most infectious enthusiasm. "One just cannot get enough of [Father Lee's] brilliant, stimulating, thought-provoking insights...I feel there is no one more knowledgeable or qualified in the entire field of opera commentary. No one." - The Opera Quarterly
Getting Opera: A Guide for the Cultured but Confused
Getting Opera
A Guide for the Cultured but Confused
Paperback      ISBN: 0671041398
A fun, breezy guide to this often misunderstood musical form offers readers an irreverant tour of the opera world and the music it supports. Original.
Grand Opera: The Story of the Met
Grand Opera
The Story of the Met
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0520250338
The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. Tracing the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron tell how the Met became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene. In this first new history of the company in thirty years, each of the chronologically sequenced chapters surveys a composer or a slice of the repertoire and brings to life dominant personalities and memorable performances of the time. From the opening night Faust to the recent controversial production of Wagner’s ?Ring,