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An Invitation to the Opera

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Introduces the uninitiated to the mysteries of opera and helps more experienced buffs expand their understanding and deepen their appreciation of the art form.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Anchor
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Matt
Jul 16, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: opera starters
Not a literary great, but this IS great for people who are just starting out in opera, like myself. So give it a read before you go or listen to your first opera. It explains the operatic tradition, the voice, and history of opera and the great composers as well as the staple operas that still sell-out centuries after their creation.

Also included are bios of the great opera stars of yesterday and why they are still known today. So when you see those portraits at the Met, you know why they are th
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Linda
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have only been to two operas, but enjoyed them immensely. This book is very helpful
with basics about the history, production and singers involved with opera.
Angelique
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: opera lovers
A good quick read to get some background on the opera world. I still use facts I learned from this book to people I take to the opera for the first time.
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