The Da Capo Opera Manual
ISBN10: 0306808072 ISBN13: 9780306808074 Publisher: Perseus Books Group Published: Oct 1 1997 Pages: 676 Weight: 2.15lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.50" Language: English
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.