Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 Opera A to Z: A Beginner's Guide to Opera

Opera and music lovers will appreciate this alphabetical review of famous operas by Liddy Lindsay. It begins with a brief explanation of the history and development of opera and a few of the most famous composers. Then it begins a journey through operas from all four major eras, sharing a short description of the storyline and major characters in each. Each entry also lists the composer of the opera, the dates of his birth and death, and the date the opera premiered. There is an illustration to accompany the entry which shows a scene or central character. Where additional information is helpful, it is included in an aside at the end of the entry (the author has already explained that in opera a character can address the audience directly in an aside).

For readers who want even more information, there is a section where key terms are defined, and the major eras, genres, and vocal types are explained. Places where you might find an opera performance are shared along with a bibliography of the author's sources.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. *Update: we added a copy to the library in November 2013.

The publisher has a book trailer you can view.

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