The Wordsworth Book of Opera

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Wordsworth Editions, 1996 - Music - 563 pages
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This guide contains synopsis of eighty-three major operas by forty-one composers from Monterverdi and Purcell, through Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Debussy and Janacek, to Alban Berg, Tippett and Britten. As the authors remark in the introduction, opera is a strange, complex art, and its increasing popularity means that more and more people are exploring its subtleties and beauty.
  

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Contents

Introduction
ix
PURCELL
29
IV
35
Handel
42
Gluck
56
X
98
III
107
Rossini
120
VII
288
Offenbach
304
Bizet
319
Debussy
339
Borodin
352
RlMSKYKORSAKOV
375
Leoncavallo
423
HUMPERDiNCK
432

Donizetti
132
V
158
Derfliegende Hollander
231
Lohengrin
242
Tristan und Isolde
248
Die Meistersinger von Niirnberg
255
Der ? ih Nibelungen
261
Parsifal
282
XI
460
Berg
481
Weill
502
XII
520
Tippett
534
The Modern Scene
553
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