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When the Fat Lady Sings: Opera History as It Ought to Be Taught

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When The Fat Lady Sings: Opera History As It Ought To Be Taught is David W. Barber's third foray into the dangerous realm of musical humour.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Sound & Vision Publishing (first published 1990)
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Keith Kendall
May 13, 2014 Keith Kendall rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Music lovers in need of a good laugh
Recommended to Keith by: Carol Kendall
Shelves: humor, music

The subtitle says it all: Opera History as it ought to be taught." (Although it's really about the composers rather than their operas.)

As with his other books, it is a humorously engrossing book. Not being a big opera buff, I find another of his books more meaningful: Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History as It Ought to Be Taught.
Karen Christino
Wonderful introduction to the high-brow world of opera by a low-brow aficionado. Pithy and irreverent.
Jill Woodward
Opera history written by someone who sure seems to hate it.
Michael
For a man who seems to like opera, he also seems to hate it. I don't know if it's some self-loathing, but his joke-cracking (?) goes from good ribbing to hate by the end. Still, it's a breezy read and sometimes it is pretty funny. Oh and if you don't like Wagner (and I will never defend the man's actions), at least get the synopsis' right. Don't use this as a primer.
Gail
A really terrible book: not informative, not funny; just a sad attempt to explain a bit about opera in a humorous way. It didn't work on any level.
Jorge
Greatest footnotes ever!
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