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This illustrated survey celebrates the panoramic holdings and colorful history of the Archivio Storico Ricordi, one of the world's most important musical archives.
The book is concerned with musical settings c.1650-1750 for voices and instruments of mostly secular texts that were performed in English theatres. It is of value to those with an interest in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English music, literature, drama or theatre, showing how these arts intersected.
Ades's third opera, The Exterminating Angel premiered at the Salzburg Festival in July 2016. Based on Luis Bunuel's surrealist classic El angel exterminador, the opera sees a collection of society's grandees inexplicably trapped in a room.
In this book, Rebecca Harris-Warrick dismantles the prevailing notion that dance in French Baroque opera was merely decorative, and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement is essential to understanding the work. Evolving practices in music, librettos, choreography and staging are brought to bear on sixty years of operatic history.
Veteran opera director William Ferrara walks the reader through the staging of twenty-five scenes from two of opera's most beloved composers. He brings to life Donizetti's delightful comedies and guides us through the dark world of Lucia di Lammmermoor. He discusses the hard moral choices in Verdi's tragedies and invigorates...