100 Great Operas and Their Stories

100 Great Operas and Their Stories

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Random House, Inc.
An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and aficionados, 100 Great Operas is perhaps the most comprehensive and enjoyable volume of opera stories ever written.
 
From La Traviata to Aïda, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, here are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, told in an engaging, picturesque, and readable manner. Written by noted opera authority Henry W. Simon, this distinctive reference book contains act-by-act descriptions of 100 operatic works ranging from the historic early seventeenth century masterpieces of Monteverdi to the modern classics of Gian-Carlo Menotti.
 
In addition to highlighting the most important aspects of each opera, the author discusses the main characters, the famous turnings of plot, and the most significant arias. Here, too, is a wealth of anecdotes concerning literary background, past performances and stars, and production problems of the great operas.

Baker & Taylor
Act-by-act summaries of one hundred outstanding operas accompany notes on their production, arias, and literary background

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1989
Edition: A new revised and abridged edition, first Anchor Books edition
Copyright Date: ©1960
ISBN: 9780385054485
0385054483
Branch Call Number: 782.13 SIMON
Characteristics: 554 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: Revised and abridged edition of: Festival of opera. 1957

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