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The Opera Lover's Companion
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2009
Charles Osborne has already written detailed accounts of the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, and Richard Strauss, and here he gives us an overview of around two hundred operas, from Adriana Lecouvreur to Zigeunerbaron, and including the major works of all the main opera composers, as well as many lesser-known works. For each entry, Osborne provides full cast-list, date and place of first performance, detailed synopsis and recommended recordings. Whether planning a night at the opera house, or an evening in with the stereo, The Opera Lover's Companion is the ideal guide.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2012
my wife received this book from me last xmas - she is delighted with it - just what she wanted - a succinct description of all our favourite operas - no flannel - an excellent companion indeed !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having just been bitten by the opera bug - after attending The Barber of Seville in Venice - I wanted a handy volume so that
I can explore the basic story-line in advance of the performance. This lovely book fits the bill exactly - it is even handy to have as a coffee table book and already many conversations have centred around the book and the stories it tells.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2015
A very useful text with plenty of helpful details about some of the infrequently staged operas.The only downside is the list of recommended recordings.I would regard them as now being "legacy!" rather than current.Yes I admire Maria Callas as singer,not an actor,certainly better in both departments than Joan Sutherland.However the world has moved on from vinyl(love it or loathe it).I am in both camps but these days prefer really top class Blu-Ray opera performances projected and output through a good sound system.I would suggest those not impressed, with digital productions experience the DGG recordings of i Puritani and Luci di Lammermoor from the New York Met with Anna Netrebko as lead soprano,to mention but two brilliant performances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2013
I keep dipping into this as a fan of Beethoven, much of the information can be found elsewhere but this book has it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2013
Great book, full of interesting information. It is just what I have been searching for. I recommend it to any opera lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2014
I find this book invaluable. I am a latecomer to opera.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2012
Bought this for my opera mad uncle for Christmas, and he is still thanking me for it, for helping him unearth some more superb operas. I have not read it so can't give 5 stars, but from my uncle's reaction he is very taken with it.
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on 3 April 2015
Great condition. Well pleased thank you.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
Just getting into opera and found this book extremely useful, giving lots of detail of MANY great operas and the plots, composers etc. A super buy for any opera fan.
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