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In this indispensable guide, well-known opera critic Charles Osborne provides exactly that. 'This book is exactly what the title claims: an opera lover's companion.

In this indispensable guide, well-known opera critic Charles Osborne provides exactly that. Reading it is like going to the opera with a knowledgeable friend who tells you enough to make you want to see the piece but not so much you're drowned in superfluous detail. '†Richard Fawkes, Opera Now.

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The opera lover's companion. by. Osborne, Charles, 1927-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.

The Opera Lover's Companion book. In this indispensable guide, well-known opera critic Charles Osborne provides exactly that.

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Book Description This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every .

Book Description This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. Written by a well-known authority, the book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer’s career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of the principal roles. Aimed at opera lovers and committed newcomers rather than specialists, The Opera-Lover’s Companion does not set out to cover every opera but only those most frequently encountered in opera houses or on recordings. Book Description: This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover.

This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. Written by a well-known authority, the book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer s career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of the principal roles.

The Yale Companion to Opera targets the regular opera-goer and the committed newcomer, rather than the academic specialist or the oneoff attender. It is not an encyclopaedia, covering every known opera, but only those with a realistic chance of public performance

The Yale Companion to Opera targets the regular opera-goer and the committed newcomer, rather than the academic specialist or the oneoff attender. It is not an encyclopaedia, covering every known opera, but only those with a realistic chance of public performance. It is equally concerned with the music, the plot, the libretto and the staging, and seeks to enhance the appreciation of the intelligent opera-goer. Abstract: This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover.

This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. Written by a well-known authority, the book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer’s career, outline the plot, discuss the music, and give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, and the most famous and influential interpreters of the principal roles. In addition, the entries recount details of the first performance and subsequent performance history and provide guidance on the relative quality of available recordings.

Aimed at opera lovers and committed newcomers rather than specialists, The Opera-Lover’s Companion doesnot set out to cover every opera but only those most frequently encountered in opera houses or on recordings. Although the book is dominated by the five great opera composers—Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Strauss—fifty-eight other composers are also represented.

It is always more pleasurable to go to the opera with a knowledgeable and experienced companion. If you can’t, you’ll want to take this book.


Comments: (7)

Gna
Comprehensive and well written. Excellent for me a novice opera fan.
Hbr
Outstanding beginners reference book. Those well versed in opera won't need it, but it is a nice guide for the newbie.
MarF
I have fallen in love with opera as I see it at the movie theaters through Fathom Events. This adds to my experience so much.
Porgisk
It's an informative reference and reminder for the plots and context of the composers and their sources. It has made my cafe hour before an opera more enjoyable, as well as the opera itself.
Taun
İt is a good and comprehensive book for every opera lover
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Manona
A handy manual to basic information on individual operas and their composers. However do not expect in depth analysis on each work or ample bio details which are beyond the scope of this work.
Charles Osborne has written many books about opera--books about the complete operas of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and others, for instance--and is a well-respected authority in the field. This book contains information about almost 200 operas, most of them popular and frequently mounted, but some of them pretty rare--works like Szymanowski's 'King Roger,' Dallapiccola's 'Il prigioniero,' and Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten.' The format of each entry is as follows: Composer and his dates, name of the opera, type of opera, approximate length, cast of characters with their voice type, information about librettist and original plot source, time and place of the action, where and when first performed. This is followed by a few paragraphs about the composer and the origins of the work, often containing interesting tidbits about the how the work got to the stage, who was involved in the première, early reaction to the opera and so forth. Then there is a fairly detailed (and clearly written) plot summary, followed by Osborne's own description and assessment of the music, the high points of the score, weak points in the score if any and finally a recommendation for a recording. It is of note that he recommends audio (CD) recordings but no DVD or videotape versions. (I find myself agreeing more often than not with his recommendations in those instances where I have my own opinion.) There is a fairly barebones index at the back of the book.

Not every opera gets equal treatment. It seems that Osborne is more taken with Italian bel canto opera than other sorts, but that may be my mistaken view since I'm least interested in that area of the repertoire. He often makes rather pointed (and humorously accurate) comments as when he refers to Douglas Moore's 'The Ballad of Baby Doe' as 'sub-Britten' or when he says that in 'Adriana Lecouvreur' 'Cilea spreads his melodic gift thinly.' There is a more than occasional waspishness that I frankly rather enjoyed. Sometimes, though, he is strangely vague as when he says, simply, that Barber 'was a friend of the opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti,'--they were long-time lovers--or when he omits telling us of Erika's miscarriage in Act III of 'Vanessa.' There are the usual number of minor solecisms--misspelling of conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni's last name, repeated misspelling of the name of noted Bohemian writer and librettist of Dvorák's 'Rusalka,' Jaromir Kvapil. No glaring substantive errors were noted.

I suspect this is a book intended primarily for readers who are relative newcomers to opera. Though I am not a more than moderately informed opera lover, I learned little new--but I was startled, I admit, to learn that 'Tirso de Molina,' the Spanish writer on whose 'El burlador de Sevilla' Mozart's and Da Ponte's 'Don Giovanni' was based, was a nom de plume for a monk named Gabriel Tellez.

Osborne has a graceful prose style and his use of humor and his willingness to state his artistic opinions makes the book a good deal more interesting to read than a simple recitation of the facts about opera.

Scott Morrison
The Opera Lover’s Companion download epub
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Author: Charles Osborne
ISBN: 0300104405
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Music
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2004)
Pages: 640 pages