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Opera By Alan Riding

Opera by Alan Riding

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A guide for opera enthusiasts and converts to this ancient rite. It explores 400 years of music drama from late-Renaissance Italy to works from contemporary names including Philip Glass and Thomas Ades. It helps you discover hundreds of classic and modern opera interpretations and learn about the lives of operatic masters.

Opera Summary

Opera by Alan Riding

Have you ever heard the beauty and power of an opera voice or felt moved by a story told in a language you don't even know?

Highlighting 165 works and their composers, this guide is a perfect introduction to opera - one of the world's most dramatic art forms. This illustrated book is packed full of photography to showcase the greatest operas and will take you on a journey through the history of opera itself.

Discover the basics: how opera developed, types of voices, and theatrical staging - including a look at stunning opera houses around the globe. See the composers who first moulded the art form and those who made it their own. Enjoy 400 years of musical drama from late-Renaissance Italy to works from contemporary names, and immerse yourself in the stories of more than 160 operas - including Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Carmen, La Boheme, and Madama Butterfly - through act-by-act synopses.

With operatic works throughout history organised by geographical region, Opera is essential reading, whether you are a season ticket-holder looking for a quick brush-up before a performance, or new to opera and want to know more.

Opera Reviews

"An illustrated, easy-to-use guide, with handy plot summaries" Publishing News 09/06/06

About Alan Riding

Alan Riding is an opera devotee who as European Arts Correspondent for The New York Times has attended innumerable opera productions in theatres from London to Vienna, Berlin to Milan, Paris to New York.
Leslie Dunton-Downer has written librettos for operas produced in Aspen, New York, Paris, Spoleto (Italy) and Moscow. She has collaborated with leading composers, conductors, singers and directors.
They are co-authors of DK's Essential Shakespeare Handbook.

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Opera by Alan Riding
Used - Very Good
Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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