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Great Operas: A Guide to Twenty-Five of the World's Finest Musical Experiences

Great Operas: A Guide to Twenty-Five of the World's Finest Musical Experiences [Kindle Edition]

Michael Steen
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'Great Operas will serve its target audience well: the plot summaries are detailed and clear, text boxes give helpful background information about librettists, sources and historical references, and there are plenty of good anecdotes about composers and singers.' -- The Times Literary Supplement

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With four famous operas each from Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, and two each from Rossini and Donizetti, there is a feast of information. Here are short guides to The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni; to the splendour of Aïda, the heart-breaking La Traviata; the drama of Tosca. The range is very broad. There is Wagner’s great love story Tristan und Isolde; there is Johann Strauss’s light comedy Die Fledermaus. On the way you can be briefed about such favourites as Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Britten’s Peter Grimes.

With plot summaries, composer biographies, observations on musical points of interest and background on the historical and cultural context of each opera, every one of these guides will enhance your appreciation and enjoyment and help you discuss the work and the performance with your fellow opera-goers. Steen shares his expert knowledge with a lightness of touch that makes each guide a pleasure to read.

Witty, informative and beautifully presented, Great Operas is an indispensable reference guide for both seasoned opera-goers and those enjoying opera for the first time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4750 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848314574
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (16 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NF7L1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first class 'read'. 18 Dec 2012
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Michael Steen has produced another 'winner'. His other books occupy a prominent place in my bookcase and his latest book 'Great Operas.....' is a fine example of his ability to produce a text which is both extremely informative and at the same time holds the readers interest in terms of the composer, the music and historical background. At the same time, the text avoids over elaboration and is certainly the sort of book one can easily refer to prior to a visit to the opera or listening to radio broadcast. I was particularly drawn to the sections titled ' The Interval: Talking Points' and to the author's careful use of information laden footnotes. Michael Steen sets out his latest offering to the opera devotee with admirable clarity and I have no hesitation in giving the volume my fullest commendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great operas 1 May 2013
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A good pick up and read book. I've got it on Kindle and I like the unusual format. Would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to the great operas 19 Feb 2013
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Beautifully produced guide to 25 popular operas, written in a light and amusing style - but clearly backed by a deep knowledge of the operas, the times in which they were written and the composers themselves. "Test drives" read before we've some of the featured operas have proved spot on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Operas revealed 1 Dec 2012
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his is an excellent book for anyone who goes to opera and is not an absolute cognoscenti. But even those who are will find it fun. The 25 operas are described in a light hearted way, yet wil all the key parts of the (often ridiclous!) plot explained
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