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First Intermissions: Twenty-one Great Operas Explored, Explained and Brought to Life from the Met [Paperback]

M. Owen Lee


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1 Mar 1996
Millions of opera fans tune in faithfully to the Metropolitan Opera's famous Saturday radio series. For the last twelve years one of the most popular guests on this programme has been M. Owen Lee, a Catholic priest and classics scholar, who, during the first intermission, often offers live commentary on the opera aired that day. Brimming with opera lore, love of fine music, and humour, Father Owen Lee's talks are famous for making opera relevant to modern concerns. Now, in First Intermissions, Father Lee presents twenty-one of his finest radio talks, illuminating some of the best loved operas in the current repertoire, including masterworks by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss.

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"One just cannot get enough of his brilliant, stimulating, thought-provoking insights....I feel there is no one more knowledgeable or qualified in the entire field of opera commentary. No one."--Irene Sloan, Founding Editor, Opera Quarterly

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About the Author: Father M. Owen Lee is Professor of Classics at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. He is widely known for his appearances, both as commentator and quiz panelist, on the intermissions of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts from New York, sponsored by Texaco. He has published books on Virgil's Eclogues and Wagner's Ring.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Opera Essays 31 Aug 2001
By Stephen M. Kerwick - Published on Amazon.com
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Listeners to the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts will be familiar with the wonderful talks that Father Owen Lee has given once or twice a season over the past two decades. These essays are largely either transcriptions or, perhaps, more detailed revisions of those talks by Father Lee, a classics professor at the University of Toronto specializing in Vergil. If you, as I did, found those talks wonderful, but didn't record them, this book (and his other work on Wagner) is a godsend. Lee's skill as an essayist, blending profound literary, psychological and artistic insights with some personal recollections, is absolutely of the first order. This is as fine a collection of its sort as is available on the market. It certainly should not be out of print.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it... 31 Mar 2013
By Liz B - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Lee is well known for his background information on operas, their composers and the singers. His love and respect for the art comes through and offers insight and helpful information to afford complete understanding and appreciation of the work.
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