The New Penguin Opera Guide

The New Penguin Opera Guide

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Penguin Putnam
Here is the fully revised and updated edition of the most comprehensive single-volume opera encyclopedia ever published in paperback. Through hundreds of meticulously researched articles, The New Penguin Opera Guide brings to life nearly 2,000 operatic works by some 850 composers. From perennial favorites like Mozart and Wagner to contemporary composers like Adès and Reich, each article-written by a leading expert in the field-outlines the composer's operatic career and assesses his contribution to the genre. Every significant work has its own entry, with information about the libretto, duration, cast and orchestra, background, plot, and musical highlights. In addition to up-to-date bibliographic material on notable editions and publishers, selected recordings are featured to guide readers toward the best available versions.

Baker & Taylor
Provides a a close-up look at nearly two thousand operatic works by some 850 composers, with biographical sketches containing entries for each composer's important works, each work's genre and duration, the librettist and the libretto's source, the premiere dates, a synopsis, and a musical discussion. Original.

Book News
This is a revised edition of a single-volume opera encyclopedia originally published in 1993 as The Viking Opera Guide. It covers about 850 composers and 2,000 works, from the classical favorites such as Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner to the latest operas by contemporary composers worldwide. Entries are arranged alphabetically and contain an outline of the composer's operatic career and an evaluation by a leading musicologist of his contribution to the genre, as well as information about the libretto, length, cast, orchestra, background, plot, date and place of premiere, musical highlights, and selected recordings. Contains a few b&w illustrations. Edited by Holden, who is a translator and author of libretti. Appropriate for musicians and the general opera audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The New Penguin Opera Guide is a fully revised and updated edition of the most comprehensive single-volume opera encyclopaedia ever published. In the course of hundreds of meticulously researched articles, it explores the complete operas of figures as diverse as Bellini and Britten, Handel and Hindemith, Massenet and Monteverdi, Rameau and Rossini, Weber and Weill; offers fresh insights into such perennial favourites as Mozart, Verdi and Wagner; and examines stage works by composers not primarily remembered for their operas - Schumann, Faure and Schoenberg among them. It also brings the reader right up to date with the latest operas by contemporary composers worldwide, including Ades, Carter, Holliger, Macmillan, Picker, Reich, Saariaho and Tan Dun. In all it discusses 850 composers and looks in detail at around 2,000 works.
For every composer, there is an outline of their operatic career and an assessment of their contribution to the genre. Each of their significant operatic works has its own entry, with information about the libretto, duration, cast and orchestra, the background to the work, the plot, and musical highlights. Selected recordings are included, to guide the reader towards the best versions, and there is also information about publishers and available editions, as well as bibliographical references. Each article has been written by a leading expert in the field, for example, Tim Carter on Monteverdi, Philip Gossett on Rossini, David Cairns on Berlioz, Roger Parker on Puccini, Michael Kennedy on Richard Strauss, John Tyrrell on Janacek, and Stephen Walsh on Stravinsky.

Baker
& Taylor

Provides biographical sketches for nearly 850 composers along with articles on approximately 2,000 works.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2001
ISBN: 9780140514759
0140514759
9780140293128
0140293124
Branch Call Number: 782.103 NEW
Characteristics: xxii, 1,142 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Holden, Amanda
Notes: Revised edition of: The Viking opera guide. 1st edition 1993

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