The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera

    By Daniel Snowman

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    The first and only global social history of the world's most romantic, flamboyant, glamorous and politically influential art-form: opera.'A mighty achievement, by far and away the best history of opera available.' Tim Blanning, Literary Review

    Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody

    By Carolyn Williams

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    Long before the satirical comedy of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the hottest send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions always rose to the level of social commentary, despite being impertinent, absurd,...

    Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth

    By Oliver Hilmes

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    Paints a revealing picture of the extraordinary Cosima Wagner - illegitimate daughter of Franz Liszt, wife of the conductor Hans von Bulow, then mistress and subsequently wife of Richard Wagner. This biography explores the achievements of this remarkable and obsessive woman while illuminating a still-hidden chapter of European cultural history.

    Richard Wagner and the Centrality of Love

    By Barry Emslie

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    Emslie's study of Wagner's creativity examines the centrality of love - and its obverse, hate - to the composer's world view.

    Mozart and Beethoven: The Concept of Love in Their Operas

    By Irving Singer

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    An exploration of the sensuous and the passionate, as expressed in operas by Mozart and Beethoven.

    Fashions and Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera

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    Operatic works by Italian composers of the nineteenth century have undergone countless transformations since their premieres. This volume explores the ways in which operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, and their contemporaries have been reshaped and revived throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

    Story of the Ring

    By Michael Birkett

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    A narrative of Wagner's Ring Cycle operas that will become a "must-own." A wonderful gift book.

    Gilbert and Sullivan: A Dual Biography

    By Michael Ainger

    Paperback £19.00

    After exhaustive research into the D'Oyly Carte collection of documents, Ainger offers the most detailed account to date of Gilbert and Sullivan's starkly different backgrounds and long working partnership. "A Gilbert is of no use without a Sullivan," W. S. Gilbert once summed up his reasons for persisting in his...

    Backstage at the Revolution

    By Victoria Johnson

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    On July 14, 1789, a crowd of angry French citizens en route to Bastille broke into the Paris Opera and helped themselves to any sturdy weapons they could find. This title tells the story of how this legendary opera house, despite being a lightning rod for charges of tyranny and...

    Inventing the Business of Opera: The Impresario and His World in Seventeenth Century Venice

    By Beth Glixon

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    In mid seventeenth-century Venice, opera first emerged from courts and private drawing rooms to become a form of public entertainment. Early commercial operas were elaborate spectacles, featuring ornate costumes and set design along with dancing and music. As ambitious works of theater, these productions required not only significant financial backing,...

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