The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera
by Roger Parker
In this lavishly illustrated volume the history and social context of opera is explored by a group of leading British and American scholars, under the editorship of Roger Parker. The core of the book is a historical survey of opera, from its beginnings in Florence four hundred years ago, up to opera in the 1990s. The greatest coverage is given to the nineteenth century, th...more
Hardcover, 584 pages
Published January 19th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1995)
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Interesting set of subjects. I had no idea that there were Russian operas! The way opera evolved over the centuries was something I found rather fascinating. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone who has sung any chamber music or who loves the history of music in general.