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The Making of an Opera by John Higgins
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May 19, 2011

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Interesting behind the scenes look at the staging of a single opera, and a particularly interesting production of Don Giovanni where much was re-thought and reconsidered stripping the opera of built up layers of "stage business" in order to get to the real complexity and depth of the Mozart/DaPonte original.

Sadly, ploddingly written. Lots of long verbatim quotes of the director, little commentary or analysis by the author, and no real ruffles and flourishes to perk up the paragraphs. There is not a sense of narrative to the book. All of which is to say, unless you are REALLY into opera...don't bother with this one.

Tracy Kidder, John McPhee....this guy is not. Then again, who is?

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