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Skeletons from the Opera Closet: An Irreverent Appreciation

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
is an appreciation and dissection, albeit humorous and light hearted, of this most lively art's weaknesses, faux pas, trumperies, unusual and uncommon manners, overlooked glories, and weird and funny occurrences.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Moyer Bell
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This book is written as if it is one elaborate inside joke with a select group of friends. Topics are bounced back and forth like beach balls, and there is sometimes no indication what is drawn from history or merely invented in the jolly minds of the authors. This book is certainly not useful for finding out specific facts about specific operas, and it's not likely to increase your general knowledge of the genre either. It won't make sense unless you have at least a passing knowledge to start o ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Alice rated it liked it
I got this for Christmas a couple years back, but never really paid much attention to it after that, since it's a collection of unlinked stories and trivia. Difficult to sit down and read through something like that. But it's in my TBR challenge, so I decided to just go at it.

A lot of it turned out to be quoted reviews of operas, either by composers or idiot critics of the day. I mean, those have their place, but for such a relatively short book they took up too much space. So there was that, th
This one was about the domicile. I wanted to like it a little more than I did. Was less laugh out loud funny than I was hoping for. And for a book about opera is surprisingly dry. Also, more the problem, I read Dave Barber's Bach, Beethoveen and the Boys first and it was much, much funnier. Or maybe, I'm only somewhat an opera fan. The part where they talk about the acts to skip of operas and the astrological signs were my favorite parts. Other than that, it's kinda like reading chinese food. I ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
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Very charming opera gossip. A nice one to read in bits and pieces.
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