Opera History and Reference
Life in Opera
Truth, Tempo, and Soul: Encounters With Stars, Innovators, and Leaders of Today's Opera World
Hardcover ISBN: 1574671790
Step behind the glory-and-glamour enchantment of grand opera with this candid look at life in the opera world. Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo, and Soul is a collection of encounters with great stars and personalities that shape and enhance the opera universe of today. In Part I - The Interviews, the conversations take center stage. From their earliest sparks of passion for opera to the exploration of their voices, from the unflinching devotion to their art to the development of personal philosophies about singing and life, the singers open the door to their world with uninhibited frankness. The administrators discuss the paths that led them to become the protectors and nurturers of this art form. The conductors confirm the complex roles they play, while the film directors and fashion designers describe their exciting contributions to opera. Interviews include Placido Domingo, James Levine, Peter Gelb, Joseph Volpe, Renee Fleming, Ramon Vargas, and over twenty others. In Part II - Author's Corner, join the author on her surprising journey through the opera world as she recounts the unconventional and at times amusing path where she met and came to know the stars of the lyric universe.
Mad Scenes and Exit Arias
The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
Hardcover ISBN: 1627794972
From the Wall Street Journal's opera critic, a wide-ranging narrative history of how and why the New York City Opera went bankrupt—and what it means for the future of the arts. In October 2013, the arts world was rocked by the news that the New York City Opera—“the people’s opera
Madam Butterfly/Madama Butterfly
Paperback ISBN: 0714540382
The English National Opera Guides were originally conceived in partnership with the English National Opera and edited by Nicholas John, the ENO's dramaturg, who died tragically in an accident in the Alps. Most of the guides are devoted to a single opera, which is described in detail—with many articles that cover its history and information about the composer and his times. The complete libretto is included in both the original language and in a modern singing translation—except where the opera was written in English. Each has a thematic guide to the most important musical themes in musical notation and each guide is lavishly illustrated. They also contain a bibliography and a discography which is updated at each reprint. The ENO guides are widely regarded as the best series of their kind and excellent value.
The Magic Flute
Hardcover ISBN: 1856698874
This is an in depth overview of the creation & development of the opera Magic Flute by artist Jun Kaneko. In 2009 the San Francisco Opera commissioned Jun Kaneko to create a contemporary Magic Flute which took Kaneko on a three-year journey to realize this new high-tech production. The book documents this process from the very first artist sketches until the opening night production on stage in San Francisco. This highly interesting and exciting journey is recorded in numerous colour photographs throughout the book and is accompanied by essays that not only address the production's creation but Mozart and the times, the age of Enlightenment in which he created this unusual opera.
The Woman Behind the Legend
Paperback ISBN: 0815412282
Legendary Opera singer Maria Callas was a brilliant soprano adored for her staggering triumphs. But behind the public facade, Callas wrestled with lifelong personal demons. Consumed by her relationship with tycoon Aristotle Onassis, she was the queen of his jet-set world for nine years - until he met a widow named Jackie.
One Hundred Years of Grand Opera
Hardcover ISBN: 0671470876
Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and based on research in the Met's massive archives, this history chronicles and celebrates the Met's first one hundred years and the legendary stars and conductors who have performed there
"1983, 4to, 368pp. Full bound maroon leather, limited 967/1000 signed by Jerome Hines. Clean throughout. Gilt on outer block edge lightly chipped in spots. Boards are clean. A nice copy.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme
Paperback ISBN: 1574674447
(Amadeus). There's a reason La Boheme has been staged at the Met more often than any other opera: Puccini's enticing music perfectly conveys the enchantment of new young love and the anguish that comes with loss and death. La Boheme , the passionate and timeless story of love among impoverished young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world's most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression (even on those new to opera) and to reveal unexpected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Boheme is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things (a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor) that make up our everyday lives. This touching story of tenderness and tragedy never fails to move audiences and melt hearts.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro
Paperback ISBN: 1574674617
(Amadeus). Today Mozart's exquisite Le Nozze di Figaro delights and moves audiences everywhere, long after its 1786 birth into tumultuous times. The original Beaumarchais play raised a firestorm in France, then on the brink of revolution, with its dangerous commentary on class relations. However, Lorenzo Da Ponte carefully omitted anything political from his opera libretto; what remained, when joined with Mozart's sublime and penetrating music, was a witty yet profound tale of infatuation, heartache, scheming, and tenderness, where complex emotions are laid bare and everyone, regardless of class, is equally vulnerable to the powers of love. Figaro continues the story of The Barber of Seville several years later, in a single "day of madness." Count Almaviva's love, Rosina, is now his long-suffering countess, and the barber Figaro, now the count's valet, is about to marry Susanna, the countess's maid. But the couple-to-be must first deal with two obstacles: a demand that Figaro pay his debt to an older woman or marry her instead, and the count's determination to bed Susanna on her wedding night. Suspicions fly, plots are hatched, narrow escapes abound, and connivers receive their due. Love and forgiveness finally bring order to the craziness, and a day filled with torment and worry ends in joy.
The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera
Paperback ISBN: 1400032318
A powerful glimpse into the passions, ambitions, and high-stakes corporate and sexual politics lurking behind the elegant facade of the Metropolitan Opera House reveals the many scandals, acts of ruthlessness, and unaesthetic manuevers that have plagued this illustrious institution for the last twenty-five years. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.