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Encyclopedia of Opera on Screen: A Guide to 100 Years of Films, DVDs, and Videocassettes Featuring Operas, Opera Singers, and Operettas Hardcover – 16 Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (16 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300102631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300102635
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,356,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Wlaschin has done an enormous amount of research and his infectious enthusiasm for his subject shines through' -- Classical Music Magazine, September 25 2004

'all manner of combinations of opera and film, no matter how fleeting or insubstantial, are to be found.' -- Times Higher Education Supplement, September 3 2004

Ken Wlaschin's encyclopedia is comprehensive, informative, readable, and user-friendly… -- Thomas Glasow, editor of The Opera Quarterly

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Ken Wlaschin is director of Creative Affairs and vice chairman of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. Previously he was director of the National Film Theatre and London Film Festival for the British Film Institute.

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One of the finest opera guides it has been my pleasure to read. It is worth every penny. It will become a bible for the opera lover. Its coverage of all the filmed operas, the major singers, and directors, is truly comprehensive, without reading like a telephone directory. I found its award of three stars to outstanding productions particularly useful. Wisely, Wlaskin does not attempt to give classifications to all operas. There are many lesser productions without a three star rating which are nevertheless well worth watching. He leaves us to decide what we like and what we don't.

Be warned : if you consult his guide for its coverage of one topic, Boheme, say, or Carmen, you will quickly be distracted by some other entry and start to read it. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down so easily !
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Marjan Kiepura 8 Nov. 2004
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This book is a "must buy" for any person interested in opera, operetta, singers, conductors, writers and numerous related topics and its profound effect on the film medium. Whether a connoisseur or professional in the field of opera or screen, this book has it all. You may use this book as a definitive reference, but you will also find it fascinating, entertaining and brilliantly written. There are lots of illustrations. Buy it. You'll love it.
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