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The Rough Guide to Opera

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The Rough Guide to Opera is a handbook on the most thrilling of art forms, spanning four hundred years of music drama. Features include: lively biographical sketches of some 150 composers, from Claudio Monteverdi to Poul Ruders, detailing the main events of their careers and revealing their social and musical context; entertaining accounts of hundreds of operas, both the f ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 752 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Rough Guides (first published December 1st 1999)
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Daniel Kushner
Aug 31, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: opera lovers and classical muic buffs
Shelves: musichistory
This book is quite comprehensive, and great if you need quick summaries and references. I don't agree with all the CD reviews and assessments of certain singers (calling Leo Nucci nothing more than a workhorse: that's ridiculous), they don't cover every opera, including interesting rarities by Puccini and others. Now there's a newer edition as well.

However, overall, you can't ask for a much better book if you want to delve into all things opera. No matter what edition you get, tap into this reso
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Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great summary of the mainstream operatic works, major artists and the best recordings.
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Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Detailed resource book on opera stories and history.
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Found this volume to be highly informative- the next edition is supposed to have a lot more information on a greater amount of opera and provide expanded commentary. Hope it gets published soon.
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Grand passions. I regret nothing.
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