The Grove Book of Operas

The Grove Book of Operas

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Synopses and descriptions of more than 250 operas are covered in this collection of entries that are written by leading authorities on the opera and include information on musicians and performers, performance style, operatic history, literary and social background, and more.

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Compiled from The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, this book contains synopses of 264 popular and commonly performed operas, arranged alphabetically and meant to be accessible to opera beginners and experts. Each entry describes the opera's genre, premiere, librettist, cast, composition, and musical features. This edition, revised by Macy (editor-in-chief of Grove Music), adds several new operas. It includes an essay by David Levin (Germanic studies, U. of Chicago) on contemporary trends in opera production. Also provided are some color plates, and indexes by composer, character name, and aria title. The late Sadie edited the Grove Music reference series, including the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
First published in 1996 to great critical and popular acclaim, the Grove Book of Operas, is a collection of synopses and descriptions of over 250 operas. Each succinct yet insightful entry is written by a leading authority on the opera and includes a full synopsis of the plot, a cast list, a note on the singers in the original production, and information on the origins of the work and its literary and social background. Contributions conclude with a brief comment on the particular work's place in operatic history. A glossary offers brief and accessible definitions of terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader. And indices of role names and of arias and ensembles allow the reader to find operas containing their favorite aria or a well-known character.

The second edition brings the book up to date with several recently composed operas and a fascinating introductory essay by David Levin on opera performance in the 21st century. Recent additions to the operatic repertory included for the first time in this edition include Nicholas Maw, Sophie's Choice; Poul Ruders, A Handmaid's Tale; John Adams, Death of Klinghoffer; and Mark Adamo, Little Women.

Covering all operas in the current repertory along with some less-well-known early and very modern ones, this is an ideal volume for the general opera lover.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2006]
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780195309072
Branch Call Number: 782.103 GROVE
Characteristics: xxiii, 740 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), music ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sadie, Stanley
Macy, Laura Williams


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