Opera History and Reference
The Barber of Sevilla and Moses
Paperback ISBN: 0714540803
English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original. Rossini is one of the great operatic composers, an innovator within the whole concept of what was appropriate for serious as well as comic opera. Moses is a score which he revised for Paris, ten years after it had been composed for Naples; the result shows the evolution of his dramatic taste over a crucial decade?from the neo-classical sublime to spectacular Romantic grand opera. The Barber has been a consistent favorite with the public and performers since it opened, and Marco Spada analyses how its stylish comedy has been misunderstood. Other essays throw light on the working conditions of the opera industry in Rossini's Italy, on Balzac's delightful novel concerning Moses and on the exceptional challenge of performing this type of music to a high standard.
Black Dog Opera Library
Carmen, La Traviata La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro
Hardcover ISBN: 1579129668
The Black Dog Opera Library is the best, easiest and most informative and budget-friendly way to enjoy four of the greatest operas of all time. Finally available again, and packaged with gorgeous new covers, are four of the most popular operas in the Black Dog Opera Library:Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, and The Marriage of Figaro. Each book in the library includes the complete opera on 2 CDs, featuring world-class performances and orchestras; the complete libretto, plus its English translation; an exciting history of the opera; a biography of the composer; a synopsis of the story, broken down by act and scene; and dozens of photographs and drawings depicting performances, singers, sets, costumes, and more. Carmen features Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, and Kostas Paskalis, with Rafael Fru¿beck de Burgos conducting the Orchestra of the Théâtre National de l'Opéra. La Bohème features Nicolai Gedda and Mirella Freni, with Thomas Schippers conducting the Orchestro e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. La Traviata features Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, and Rolando Panerai, with Aldo Ceccato conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Marriage of Figaro features Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heather Harper, Judith Blegen, Geraint Evans, Teresa Berganza, and Birgit Finnilä, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the English Chamber Orchestra. Listen. Enjoy. Learn. Also available as individual titles.
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
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 Da Capo Opera Manual
Paperback ISBN: 0306808072
Each entry (there are some 550 operas described) lists the composer, librettist, and information on staging, famous arias, sets, composition of the orchestra and chorus, the nature of the production, a plot synopsis (with act and scene breaks), where and when the opera was first performed, and any inherent staging hazards (like singers turning into frogs and buildings falling on people's heads). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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.