The Wordsworth Book of Opera

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Wordsworth Editions, Oct 23, 1995 - Music - 560 pages
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This concise and comprehensive guide is designed to meet the needs of today's opera lover. It contains synopses 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 and fascinating art, and its increasing popularity means that more and more people are exploring its subtleties and beauty. In The Wordsworth Book of Opera, the lively accounts of the plots and the characters, together with the musical examples, make it the ideal hand-book for the newcomer to opera and to the enthusiast alike.
  

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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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Stanley Sadie (1930-2005), former music critic for The Times of London and editor of The Musical Times, published thirty books and edited the monumental New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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