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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]

Ken Wlaschin

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16 July 2004
This bountiful book is a comprehensive guide to the thousands of films, DVDs, and videocassettes featuring operas and opera singers from 1896 to the present. From ABC Television to Franco Zeffirelli, the encyclopedia is a storehouse of fascinating information for film and opera aficionados and casual browsers alike. Find answers to such questions as: What were the first operas filmed? Why did they make silent films of operas? Why was a pseudo-opera written for Citizen Kane? What was the title of Maria Callas' only film? Organized alphabetically with more than 1900 fully cross-referenced entries, the book casts a wide net that covers not only expected topics - operas, operettas, zarzuelas, composers, singers, conductors, writers, and film directors - but also the unexpected and offbeat - animated opera, first operas on film, puppet opera films, silent films about opera, and many other lesser-known topics. Encyclopedia of Opera on Screen illuminates the many intersections between opera and film as never before.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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