A History of Opera

A History of Opera

Book - 2012
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393057218
Branch Call Number: 782.1 Abbate 11/2012
Characteristics: xix, 603 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Parker, Roger 1951-


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Oct 03, 2013

Abbate and Parker's history contains lots of interesting information. The problem, for me, was, although I'm an opera fan, I don't read music. Given the amount of technical discussion in the book, they appear to assume that their readers do. Luckily, my partner was a professional singer for over thirty years, and he's now a professor of voice. So when he was sitting beside me on the couch, I had a resource to explain both the concepts and the jargon. When I was on my own, it was more difficult. Glad I persevered, however. One refreshing thing is that the authors aren't afraid to take a position (unusual in this kind of writing). While I'm not sure I agree with their conclusions, I applaud their boldness.


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