The Good Opera Guide Paperback – 19 Apr 2001
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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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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.
very user-friendly and highly recommended
My Kindle version is a portable supplement to my print version
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Just what is needed to get to grips with opera. The reviews are fun, not too long and enable you to enjoy what is undoubtedly an expensive purchase, namely an opera ticketPublished 19 months ago by Alistair Kelman
This is an excellent book for both the casual opera goer and the enthusiast. It is written with great humour and is very informative. Read morePublished on 7 May 2013 by Mr. J. W. Austin
I have bought several copies of this book over the years; it is an ideal gift for important birthdays etc. The style is witty and irreverent, and knowledgeable and concise.Published on 6 Mar. 2013 by R J CHERRY
I thoroughly recommend this excellent and humorous opera guide. It gives you, in a light-hearted way, all the information you need to really enjoy an opera. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This outstanding volume covers the stories, librettos and lots of other information about all the main operas. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by MichaelH2011