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The Complete Operas of Verdi Paperback – 1 Dec 1961

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (Dec. 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575002735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575002739
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,611,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Complete Operas of Verdi is the first full-length study of all of Verdi's operas. This work of the brilliant British music critic Charles Osborne covers Verdi's complete operatic oeuvre- including the missing choral works, songs, a string quartet, and the Messa da Requiem. The Shakespeare's Falstaff and Othello, show how the legendary composer added both depth and dignity to the Italian operatic repertoire. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charles Osborne, well-known British musicologist, critic, and broadcaster, is the author of "The Concert Companion, Richard Wagner and His World, The Complete Operas of Verdi, The Complete Operas of Mozart, " and other works. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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That I've had this book for 25 years and that it is one of the most well-thumbed books in my library should be sufficient to say this book is an essential guide to Verdi's life and work. I like the format of Osborne's opera books (see also his Wagner, Puccini, Mozart and Strauss volumes) whereby the chapters correspond to each opera, with none skipped, and yet contain a rich biography of the great man's life.

The writing is somewhat partisan, with some occasional digs at Puccini and Wagner, but that partisanship often translates into genuine enthusiasm for the subject, and makes for a continuously engaging read.

If you are a Verdi fan, particularly if you are newly discovering his works, you will certainly love this book.
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I would highly recommend this book.It is well written and gives a vivid insight into the way Verdi approached his work,especially in his choice of plot.It also shows the struggle he had over the censorship of his work and his refusal to compromise with inferior libretti and historical themes.It is very readable.
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Haven't had a chance to read it yet, it's a text book I need for a course.
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HASH(0x8ef0a294) out of 5 stars An indispensible source for the serious student of Verdi. 29 Mar. 2001
By Jonathan Holley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I came to this site as the result of the last Texaco Metropolitan Opera broadcast. A listener had submitted a three-part question based on her study of Charles Osborne's Complete Operas of Verdi. She referred to it as a three volume work. I immediately became excited as the edition that I own is a single work. I therefore imagined that there was a new edition. It did occur to me, however, that as this listener is in England, she might just be in posession of a different version of the same book (which I now presume to be the case).

I have owned a copy of this work for over ten years. Having read the work from cover to cover several times, I cannot begin to guess how many times I have referred to individual chapters for reference. Mr. Osborne writes in a style which is easy to read for the Opera fanatic, as well as the scholar. The work contains chapters on each of Verdi's operas (including those which are relatively obscure in The United States). He gives background on the original sources as well as the contemporary historic events of the time.

I reccommend this book without reservation.
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HASH(0x8e9f8e28) out of 5 stars Osborne has organized his presentation well. He devotes a ... 20 Mar. 2015
By Richard Ploen - Published on Amazon.com
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Osborne has organized his presentation well. He devotes a chapter to each of Verdi's operas. The chapters are arranged chronologically according to when the opera was first presented. Interesting and very readable. This is one of those rare finds that one would want to keep and refer to again and again.
HASH(0x8f5246e4) out of 5 stars Creative History! 21 Oct. 2015
By Jorge - Published on Amazon.com
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Any lover of Verdi and opera, Italian or not, should have this book in their collection. Osborne presents an easy read, although sometimes too intellectual, but, his chronological organization exemplifies the development and growth of one of the five or so greatest operatic composers to have ever lived. And one can appreciate Verdi's brilliance and how he managed to compose one opera after another into his eightieth years. Many will argue, with good reason, that his last two operas, Otello and Falstaff were his most magnificent compositions. The reader is well enabled to understand how Verdi progressed to Otello and Falstaff in an almost step by step process covering some sixty years.
HASH(0x8f1cb78c) out of 5 stars Extensive 28 Oct. 2012
By Adriana - Published on Amazon.com
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Replaced one of my favorite books about a favorite artist. Good shape/arrived quickly. I'd certainly recommend it as it has an extensive survey of her work and life and quite a few reproductions.
HASH(0x8eb49090) out of 5 stars Fascinating! 15 April 2014
By Vince D - Published on Amazon.com
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I was weened on Verdi music but find this volume fascinatingly fact filled while doing so with brevity. A really important addition to my library.
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