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Tenors, Tantrums and Trills: An Opera Dictionary from Aida to Zzzz

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From strutting singers to cantankerous composers, from ludicrous librettos to pompous prima donnas, Barber skewers them all in his satirical yet affectionate opera dictionary.

Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Sound & Vision Publishing
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Keith Kendall
May 27, 2014 Keith Kendall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Musicians who take themselves too seriously.
Recommended to Keith by: Carol Kendall
Shelves: music, humor
Even more humorous than the other two of his books that I have read. Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History as It Ought to Be Taught and When the Fat Lady Sings: Opera History as It Ought to Be Taught) Lots of laughs because from the situation setup to the punch line is a paragraph or two (because it is a dictionary.)
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3.5 stars rounds up to 4. I enjoyed it, but probably would've liked it more if I knew more opera.
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