The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera (Oxford illustrated histories) Hardcover – 1 Dec 1994
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lavishly illustrated volume (Sunday Telegraph 30/12/01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
About the Editor: Roger Parker is Lecturer in Music at Oxford University and Fellow of St. Hugh's College. Until recently an Associate Professor of Music at Cornell University, he has published extensively on Verdi and on nineteenth-century Italian opera.
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The truth is, it's more notable for what it leaves out than for what it has included. All told it's a botched business that is of little credit to its publishers. I'm sorry I wasted money on it.
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I would not recommend this book to serious students.
(I did purchase the book)
1. The author uses such flowery language that between being nauseated by it, I'm just plain distracted. It's like reading the King James' version of the Bible if you're not used to it. The prose is so sweet that you get caught up in the verbiage, and are unable to gain any useful knowledge from it.
2. The organization of the text is appalling. There's very little rhyme or reason, other than a rough chronological order. Huge pockets of information are either completely skipped, or given such pathetic review, that much information is missed.
There are so many other books out there that will teach better and in an easier way. For professors considering a text for an Opera Lit/History class, please do yourself and your class a favor and pass this one over!
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