Opera History and Reference
A Night at the Opera
An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings
Paperback ISBN: 0375751769
Discusses eighty-three popular operas available on compact disc and includes character analyses, plot summaries, historical information, humorous commentary, and short biographies of composers, conductors, and artists
A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
Paperback ISBN: 0786880252
Explains how to develop an appreciation for opera by furnishing a concise history of opera, a glossary of terms, a list of books and recordings, a listener's guide to key operatic works, and advice on attending a performance
Opera for Beginners
Paperback ISBN: 0863160867
Opera For Beginners is a humorous, irreverent little book that starts with the radical assumption that Opera is just plain ol' music. Not snob music. Not uppity music. Gettin' down music! Italian Rock'n'roll, R&B Gospel, let-it-all-hang-out music. "If you must know the truth," David writes, "in Detroit where I grew up, there weren't a lot of Opera houses. I was brought up on Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Elvis the Pelvis, the Drifters, Platters, Ella, Sinatra, Miles, Coltrane, Mahalia, Beatles, Stones, Aretha ... in other words ... Real music! Which is why I'm the perfect person to introduce you to Opera." The book builds from the similarity between specific Opera singers and "normal" singers (e.g., Maria Callas/Billie Holiday; Caruso/Mahalia Jackson; Benjamino Gigli/Smokey Robinson), points out the essentially Operatic styles of many pop singers, and the profound similarity between Opera and Gospel singing. (It's no accident that African-American sopranos are singing in Opera houses all over the world!) Opera For Beginners explains the differences between Italian and German Opera - it's more than just the language - and why you don't have to understand Italian, German, French or Rap to enjoy Opera. David's enthusiasm and wit are sure to entice many Opera-haters to give Opera a chance. And Paul Gordon's spot-on cartoons illustrate the text, carry on dialogues with it, wisecrack it, create stories alongside it, sprinkle it lavishly with motifs...enough!
The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi 1570
L'arte Et Prudenza d'un maestro Cuoco (The Art and Craft of a Master Cook)
Paperback ISBN: 1442611480
Bartolomeo Scappi (c. 1500-1577) was arguably the most famous chef of the Italian Renaissance. He oversaw the preparation of meals for several Cardinals and was such a master of his profession that he became the personal cook for two Popes. At the culmination of his prolific career he compiled the largest cookery treatise of the period to instruct an apprentice on the full craft of fine cuisine, its methods, ingredients, and recipes. Accompanying his book was a set of unique and precious engravings that show the ideal kitchen of his day, its operations and myriad utensils, and are exquisitely reproduced in this volume. Scappi's Opera presents more than one thousand recipes along with menus that comprise up to a hundred dishes, while also commenting on a cook's responsibilities. Scappi also included a fascinating account of a pope's funeral and the complex procedures for feeding the cardinals during the ensuing conclave. His recipes inherit medieval culinary customs, but also anticipate modern Italian cookery with a segment of 230 recipes for pastry of plain and flaky dough (torte, ciambelle, pastizzi, crostate) and pasta (tortellini, tagliatelli, struffoli, ravioli, pizza). Terence Scully presents the first English translation of the work. His aim is to make the recipes and the broad experience of this sophisticated papal cook accessible to a modern English audience interested in the culinary expertise and gastronomic refinement within the most civilized niche of Renaissance society.
Pavarotti Up Close
Paperback ISBN: 8875927820
Pavarotti Up Close is an unprecedented and affectionate portrait of the greatest tenor of the twentieth century, told through the eyes of his longtime musical coach and accompanist Leone Magiera. The secrets of the legendary voice are revealed for the first time, written by the one person who was there throughout the singer's career and witnessed it all firsthand, making Pavarotti Up Close different from any other Pavarotti biography. Magiera discusses Luciano's humble beginnings, his early years of study, his debut, his international operatic triumphs, the most successful recording career in the history of opera, the arena concerts, the star's special relationship with Princess Diana, his personal and medical struggles, and Pavarotti's status as a cultural icon recognized around the world.
The Lighter Side: An Illustrated Collection of Interesting Facts, Quips, Quotes, Anecdotes, and Inspirational Tales from the Life and Works of the Ger
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1574674412
(Amadeus). Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side appeals to classical music and opera enthusiasts in general, but particularly the many thousands of members of the 135 Wagner Societies around the world. There are many books about every aspect of Wagner's life and works, but none has focused on the trivia, the interesting facts, anecdotes, and quotations about the man and his operas. For more than twenty years, Terry Quinn has collected information on each of Wagner's 13 completed operas and the difficulties encountered in staging them; famous Wagnerian directors, conductors, and singers; key persons in the composer's life, especially the women, not to mention the dysfunctional Wagner family; Wagner's visits to London; the festival and theater he created in Bavaria; and a great deal more. Also included are interviews with current Wagnerian scholars. Richard Wagner: The Lighter Side contains more than 300 tidbits and features, ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages. The light side of the book is immediately apparent via its lively headings, as well as its fascinating tales of the fanatical enthusiasts who travel the world to see Wagner's operas performed. Illustrations include photographs, dozens of contemporary caricatures, beautiful postage stamps on Wagnerian subjects, and other reproductions of ephemera.
Seven Mozart Librettos
A Verse Translation
Hardcover ISBN: 0393066096
A poet and editor of the Yale Review translates seven of Mozart's major librettos into verse, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte and features dramatic recaps, a history of the opera and character lists.
Seven Verdi Librettos
With the Original Italian
Paperback ISBN: 0393008525
Exact translations and corresponding original texts of the librettos for Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschero, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff, representing major achievements of each of Verdi's significant creative periods