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The Good Opera Guide Paperback – 19 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New edition edition (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842124706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842124703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The first guide to take the sensible decision of separeting comments on the music (serious and helpful)from descriptions of the plot (invariably flippant and often funny)' -- Sunday Telegraph

'The first guide to take the sensible decisionof separeting comments on the music (serious and helpful)from descriptions of the plot (invariably flippant and often funny)' -- Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Sir Denis Forman was born in 1917 and was for many years Charman and Chief Executive of Granada Television. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Royal Opera House for nine years.


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Format: Paperback
I found this in a library and immediately bought it from Amazon - you get the cast list, the condensed story scene by scene, the sequence of songs with more commentary, and then news & gossip plus comment. Everything you need to know in 10 minutes flat per opera, with a liberal dose of humour to ensure the readibility.
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This has, quite simply, got to be one of the best guides to anything, anywhere. It untangles the plots, points up the music and libretto and assesses the opera as a whole without once being stuffy or obscure. Foreman's enthusiasm is obvious, and very infectious.
If there's a quibble, it's with the selection - he's selected operas on the basis of "number of good recordings". This means that modern stuff, such as Brittain, is under-represented. But you can't have everything.
This should be every new opera fan's first book. It's so good, it might also be the last you need.
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I have a lot of opera guides but this is the one I rely on most. Forman's gift is that of being knowledgable and entertaining at the same time. He is wonderfully irreverent and yet his passion for opera shines through on every page. One thing I like is how he makes intertextual references which put each opera in context ...for example, Bohème did for Grand opera what Bicycle Thieves did to world cinema...
very user-friendly and highly recommended
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I love this book! I have an old hard back copy and now can conveniently access this version on Kindle. It tells it as it is. Just as you or I would start to describe an opera "it's the one where..." and for Don Giovanni it says " where the Don has already scored 1965 before the opera begins and makes four further attempts in the course of it before being consigned to hell". The 'story' is told in modern language often very humorously, e.g. "Giovanni is not keen to slay an OAP but does so. Anna returns,,,, Shock horror. She swears vengeance etc". The music is set out as 'things to look out for' and assigned 1 to 3 stars. E.g. the "catalogue aria.*** Leporello reels off Giovanni's score in each country (Although he notches up ninety one in Turkey, sadly he did not perform in England.)" The descriptions are by no means a dumbing down, e.g. "Mi tradi, Elvira; Another magnificent accompagnato followed by a quite stunning aria". Each opera has a 'News and Gossip' section and an enlightening 'Comment' section. This book is a wonderful read for any opera buff and is written by a scholarly and brilliant man. Do buy it!!!
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Very well written, humorous guide which acknowledges and even revels in the ludicrous plots without sneering or in any way negating the powerful emotions that can be evoked by the eternal verities in the stories. Very strong on musicality, highlighting the especially good elements of each opera to watch/listen out for. Kindle implementation is very good - the "Go-to" menu gives you a dropdown listing each opera. Given the price of opera, especially live, anything that can improve the enjoyment by a tiny percentage is an absolute bargain and this certainly augments opera I have seen.
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Hugely readable and informative. Great throwaway style: I defy opera-buffs not to love this book and the sceptics might see what we love avbout the art.
My Kindle version is a portable supplement to my print version
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