Top critical review
Definitely not impressed!
on 28 April 2017
Sometimes less is more but this is certainly not the case with this tome. I feel that much of the content is somewhat too inclusive for the opera beginner and too heavy to be carried when visiting the theatre. My intention was to give this book to a friend as a gift. I introduced her to opera a few years ago through visits to the Royal Opera House and ENO, and although not familiar with any of the content, she enjoyed most of the performances we attended. I shall find a more suitable book on the subject to give to her.
I've visited all sections in the book and was disappointed to note that certain well known operas which are often in the repertoire omitted. However, I was shocked not to find any reference in the soprano's section to the late, great Dame Joan Sutherland. As with most art whether it's a painter, a concert pianist or a singer, one's preference is always subjective but this should not influence editorial content. I would be interested to know why, or indeed who was responsible for this unbelievable omission.