The Book of Opera
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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Tristan und Isolde
Die Meistersinger von Niirnberg
Der ? ih Nibelungen
The Modern Scene
Aeneas Aida Alcina Alfredo Alvaro Amelia Anckarstroem Andante aria arrives asks baritone Bartolo bass bids Boccanegra Boris Brangane Briinnhilde calls Carlos Carmen Cast in order castle Cavaradossi Cherubino chorus comes comic composer Count Countess crowd dance daughter death Dido Don Giovanni dramatic duet Elsa enters Falstaff father Faust Fidelio Fiesco Figaro Gianni Schicchi Giovanni girls goes Golaud Grail Grieux heard Hoffmann Idomeneus Isolde Italian killed king later leave Leonora Lescaut Libretto Lohengrin lovers Macbeth Manon Marguerite marry melody Mephistopheles mezzo-soprano Mozart night Onegin opera orchestra order of singing Othello Paris Parsifal passion Pelleas performed play Prince Puccini's Queen Radames returns Rigoletto Ring says Scarpia scene changes scene is laid Schicchi score servants Sextus Siegfried singer sister soldiers song soprano Susanna takes Tannhauser Tarnhelm tells tenor theme Three Acts Cast Titus Tosca Tristan Turandot Verdi Verdi's Violetta Voice Orch Wagner Walther wife words Wotan Wozzeck