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