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by Amanda Holden,Nicholas Kenyon,Stephen Walsh,Colin Davis




A detailed guide to operas, arranged alphabetically by composer, discusses monodies, masques, and grand, tragic, and comic operas, modern music dramas, operettas, and musicals and features contributions from musicologists, critics, musicians, and other experts. 10,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.
Download The Viking Opera Guide epub
ISBN: 0670812927
ISBN13: 978-0670812929
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Amanda Holden,Nicholas Kenyon,Stephen Walsh,Colin Davis
Language: English
Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (January 5, 1994)
Pages: 1328 pages
ePUB size: 1880 kb
FB2 size: 1800 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 104
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BroWelm
I don't know why they have never updated this (would review more recent recordings) but I read this every time I go to the opera. This is a heavy book but I will never part with it. This copy was purchased as a gift to a friend.
Malogamand
first rate guide includes operas not included in most guides.
DART-SKRIMER
A bit copied from a previous book I bought. But still, interesting. Not so many new operas. A bit traditionalist. But accurate. Martin
Qumen
Gives me all i wont to know of opera.
Even those who are not so famous and not yet recorded.
Macill
The book was perfectly beautiful. It's difficult to believe that is a previously owned item. The seller precisely evaluated the condition of the book and engaged in concerned and informative communications. Without question, when purchasing a similar item I will, first attempt to see whether this seller is offering one and purchase from her. A seller you may trust and has concern for her clients. Thank you for the lovely book at a very reasonable price.
Danskyleyn
An excellent book, in very good condition.
Nagor
As an opera buff virtually all my life, I have, over the years, collected any number of books on the subject, starting with Milton Cross's "Stories of the Operas." No book on the subject, however, compares to this comprehensive and superlative volume. It remains one of my most treasured, and oft referred-to books. At the risk of being melodramatic, it is virtually my Bible! As I have said, it is comprehensive, but, moreover and just as important, it is lucid. It is written in alphabetical order by composer, including many who remain rather obscure, and then, within the section for each composer, the works by that composer are explored in chronological order insofar as possible, given the penchant of many composers to revise their works. Obviously in a field as broad as this, not every work is given equal weight. In many cases, lesser works by a given composer are just listed by name. Included are brief listings of some of the recordings available at the time of publication. The book is also beautifully illustrated with many wonderful black-and-white drawings and photos. It seems likely that, should you be interested in purchasing a copy, you will have to go with a used copy, as I believe this superb volume is out of print. There is, I believe, a somewhat abridged edition in paperback, listed as a Penguin Guide to the Opera. If you are an opera lover, this book is a must! I would give it an entire constellation of stars if I could!
This is my favorite opera guide and general reference. It contains brief biographies of the composers, detailed but not overly long synopsis of the plot, given act by act, a brief overview of the performance history, a critical appraisal of the opera itself, and a very thoughtful discography demonstrating excellent musical taste. The work is presented alphabetically by composer, and chronologically by work for each composer. The writing style is clear, advanced but not pedantic, and should be accessible to beginners as well as to opera buffs. As if this weren't enough, there are historic photographs of key performances throughout the years.
The vision of opera is open-minded and broad. Porgy and Bess is here. So is Gilbert and Sullivan. When an opera exists in different manuscript versions, such as Verdi's Don Carlo or Simon Boccanegra, all variations are discussed.
Since opera is somewhat expensive to collect, listeners will want to have some guidance as to which recordings to purchase. Here the Viking Guide is particularly good. Many of the suggested recordings are selected by Alan Blyth, author of Opera on Record and Opera on CD (both very highly recommended, by the way), as well as long time reviewer for Gramophone magazine. I don't always rank recordings exactly as Blyth does, but I find his taste to be the most reliable of any of the critics whom I follow.
This volume was originally published in 1993, but is now very hard to find. The publishers have printed an abridged version under the Penguin Guide series. I understand they are also coming out with a CD-ROM version of the full Viking Guide. I can safely recommend both these alternative versions as well as my trusty hardcover version.
There are other valuable opera guides. The series published by Norton of the Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera and to Opera Plots is excellent. But for a single volume reference work, nothing surpasses the Viking Guide. Amanda Holden and her team have done a splendid job.
Very highly recommended.