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Eyewitness Companions: Opera

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Spanning 400 years of musical drama, from the late Renaissance and including such classical masters as Verdi, Puccini, and Bizet, this is the complete visual guidebook to the great operas, their composers and performance history.

Author Biography: Leslie-Dunton-Downer has written librettos for operas produced in Aspen, New York, Spoletto, and Moscow. Alan Riding is an opera

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Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by DK (first published September 28th 2006)
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Batty
Jun 11, 2009 Batty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any new singer/opera goer
I love reading sections of this book when I'm not motivated to practice. It satisfies my quick-fix need to for pretty pictures while investigating composers.
Steven Peterson
At the outset, the authors, Alan Riding and Leslie Dunton-Downer, define the essence of opera thus (page 15): "Accompanied by an orchestra, with scenery, costumes, and light adding drama, singers tell a story." This entry on the Eyewitness Companions series (published by DK) is a nice introduction to the world of opera.

The book begins with the infrastructure of opera--librettos and librettists (the words and authors of the words to be sung), staging, and opera houses and festivals (ah, the glori
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Julia Boechat Machado
Guia ilustrado de ópera. Contém uma boa introdução à ópera e resumos de um grande número de óperas, divididos pelas óperas italiana, germânica, francesa, russa, tcheca e moderna.
Não é completo o suficiente para agradar os aficcionados - nem pretende ser. Mas é um bom guia para diletantes apaixonados. Seria bom se incluísse indicações de boas gravações de cada ópera, o que ajudaria os que se interessam por uma obra e querem uma boa versão.
Erik
I had higher expectations. If one looks at this book as a primer, sure, it is great. The pictures and layout are wonderful, as are all DK books. The synopses of each opera, however, were a bit convuluted and seemed rushed as if the design dictated the text (which very well might be the case). The result? A pretty book with not much content on each opera.
Scott
Contains way more information than I am interested in, but it is a useful guide. It covers operas from the origin to the present and presents a picture of opera across the world. The portions that cover the Mozart and Italian periods I am most interested in provide really helpful synopses and interesting tidbits about the productions.
Leo
Pretty in-depth synopses of famous operas divided up by region and in chronological order.
Not exactly what I was expecting, but definitely learned quite a bit. A decent beginner's guide.
Adri
Nice potted plots, little Tidbits and odds and ends
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