Opera History and Reference
An Illustrated Survey of Plots, Characters, Sources, and Criticism
Paperback ISBN: 157467448x
(Amadeus). Giuseppe Verdi's operas have a special place in the hearts of audiences and in music history. They are grand in scale and yet intensely human in their ability to convey the joys and sorrows of ordinary people. Celebrated as a national treasure and venerated for his civic, historical, and musical influence, Verdi enjoyed an enviable and almost uninterrupted success with the public throughout his long lifetime and a corresponding posthumous glory that never seems to wane. Celebrations have recently been held around the world to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth and to celebrate and promote his rich legacy. In Verdi's Operas , each of Verdi's 26 operas, from Oberto to Falstaff , is studied in detail, The plots are described act by act, and the works are analyzed and placed in the context of history and of the composer's creative career. The book also examines the literary sources that inspired the maestro's dramaturgy and presents profiles of the librettists who worked with him at the time. Lavishly illustrated with striking artwork, photos, and scenes from Verdi productions, this book will delight opera buffs and casual readers alike.
Men of the Theater
Paperback ISBN: 0143122223
Explores the writing and staging of the Italian Romantic composer's three Shakespearian operas, offering insight into Verdi's obsessive devotion to his productions and the ways in which his intense working relationships with performers and producers paralleled Shakespeare's own style. 20,000 first printing.
Turning the Sky Round
Paperback ISBN: 0879101865
Commentary on and a concise, lucid interpretation of the opera world's most complex masterwork, expanded from the author's popular intermission talks during Met Opera broadcasts. "Anyone, whether knowledgeable or not, will profit by reading it..." - Opera Quarterly
Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung
Paperback ISBN: 0500281947
"An important work for Wagnerites and musical scholars."—Choice