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By M. Owen Lee
In Wagner and the Wonder of Art, renowned opera expert M. Owen Lee provides an introduction to the opera and an analysis that will surprise even those veteran operagoers who may not have explored the work's intricate structure and the emotional drama at its centre.
Serving as a guide to the 175 most popular operas, this book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer's career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of...
Gives an account of how opera comes to the stage. This work reveals the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our favorite operas. It also traces the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from...
This survey of Meyerbeer's operas provides a fundamental entree into his operatic creation. Each work is located within the appropriate biographical circumstances of his life, the work of the librettist, and the sources used in shaping the scenario. Each opera is examined from a dramaturgical point of view.
This Companion explores the extraordinary diversity of opera in the twentieth century. The volume includes essays devoted to individual composers, from Debussy to John Adams, avant-garde music theatre, operettas and musicals, and filmed opera, and ends with a provocative discussion of the position of the genre in today's cultural marketplace.
Grover-Friedlander argues that filmed operas such as Zeffirelli's Otello and Friedrich's Falstaff show the impossibility of a direct transformation of the operatic into the cinematic.
This major new biography of Richard Wagner is iconoclastic, astringent and bold. It explores the philosophical roots of Wagner's work, which the composer himself deliberately obfuscated. Kohler draws on social and political analysis, documentary interpretation and psychological insights in his portrait of Wagner.
This is the first book by an experienced conductor to explore the orchestras contribution to Mozarts greatest operatic works: Idomeneo, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Die Schauspieldirektor, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, La clemenza di Tito, and Die Zauberflote. It is written for the concert and...