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The New Grove book of operas

Author: Stanley Sadie
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book combines meticulous scholarship with a lightness of touch that will delight the opera-goer. The fascinating illustrations bring an amusing dimension showing how opera has been staged from its beginnings to modern 'deconstructed' productions. The operas are listed in alphabetical order. In addition to a full synopsis of every plot, there is a cast list and a note of the singers in the original production,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Stories, plots, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Sadie
ISBN: 0333651073 9780333651070
OCLC Number: 36955062
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 758 pages, [64] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: edited by Stanley Sadie.

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This book combines meticulous scholarship with a lightness of touch that will delight the opera-goer. The fascinating illustrations bring an amusing dimension showing how opera has been staged from its beginnings to modern 'deconstructed' productions. The operas are listed in alphabetical order. In addition to a full synopsis of every plot, there is a cast list and a note of the singers in the original production, as well as information about the origins of the work and its literary and social background. Each contribution concludes with a brief comment on its place in operatic history. There is also a listing by composer, a glossary and indexes of the names of operatic characters and the first lines of arias; so if you are not sure which opera Gilda or Agathe, sings in, or are apt to confuse Vespina with Despina, your problem is quickly solved.

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