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The Bluffer's Guide to Opera: Bluff Your Way in Opera (The Bluffer's Guides) Kindle Edition
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If there is one thing that would have improved this - it would have been a soundtrack to accompany it - but I simply searched online and found the selected tracks when they were mentioned and felt fully versed in the basics of opera by the end of the book.
As an music lover (including opera) of very many years, I found this most interesting, for as much as I like opera, my love is simply for the music, I have never taken much note of what it is all about; after reading this admittedly tongue-in-cheek offering I am rather better informed.
There are bits that are more in keeping with this series: the list of arias, for example, with 'what to say' and 'what not to say' made me giggle - but whereas the guide to poetry is really a set of insider jokes for poetry lovers, this really does seem to be pitched at people new to opera. Which is a shame because as fabulous as opera is, it does leave itself open to some good jokes - sadly, though, they're not here.
Read this if you really are a newcomer wanting to find your feet in opera.
Hann has a passion for his subject, insisting opera represents one of the highest pinnacles of human civilisation. He argues: "Taking the opposite view is the first step on the road that leads to smashing stained glass windows, defacing icons or directing artillery at 1500-year-old giant Buddhas".
That's his style: the man's a genius.
"Anne-Sofie von Otter (1955- ) Swedish mezzo-soprano particularly noted for her trouser parts. Tragically the title role in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen calls for a full soprano, as who would not pay good money to see an otter playing a fox?"
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Well written in an amusing yet informative style. If anything - it was too short!Published 6 months ago by C. Anderson
A fun read whether or not you are conversant with the world of opera. Goes some way in explaining the basics.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this whiz around the world of opera. Informative, educational and very amusing. Great buy.Published 23 months ago by D. Whitehead
A light hearted insight in Opera. Very amusing and entertaining for a daughter and husband who enjoy Opera. Great small gift for anyone who looks the ClassicsPublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Mrs A Pickup