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The Complete Operas of Verdi is the first full-length study of all of Verdi's operas. This work of the brilliant British music critic Charles Osborne covers Verdi's complete operatic oeuvre- including the missing choral works, songs, a string quartet, and the Messa da Requiem. The Shakespeare's Falstaff and Othello, show how the legendary composer added both depth and dignity to the Italian operatic repertoire.

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Charles Osborne, well-known British musicologist, critic, and broadcaster, is the author of The Concert Companion, Richard Wagner and His World, The Complete Operas of Verdi, The Complete Operas of Mozart, and other works.
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  • Series: Da Capo Paperback
  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 22, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306800721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306800726
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came to this site as the result of the last Texaco Metropolitan Opera broadcast. A listener had submitted a three-part question based on her study of Charles Osborne's Complete Operas of Verdi. She referred to it as a three volume work. I immediately became excited as the edition that I own is a single work. I therefore imagined that there was a new edition. It did occur to me, however, that as this listener is in England, she might just be in posession of a different version of the same book (which I now presume to be the case).

I have owned a copy of this work for over ten years. Having read the work from cover to cover several times, I cannot begin to guess how many times I have referred to individual chapters for reference. Mr. Osborne writes in a style which is easy to read for the Opera fanatic, as well as the scholar. The work contains chapters on each of Verdi's operas (including those which are relatively obscure in The United States). He gives background on the original sources as well as the contemporary historic events of the time.

I reccommend this book without reservation.
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Charles Osborne

The Complete Operas of Verdi:
A Critical Guide

Victor Gollancz, Paperback, 1988.
8vo. 487 pp. Introduction by the author [pp. 11-13]. Appendix, Bibliography and Index [pp. 469-487]

First published, 1969.
First published in Gollancz Paperbacks, 1985.
Second impression, November 1988.

Contents*

Introduction

1. Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio [1839]
2. Un giorno di regno [1840]
3. Nabucco [1842]
4. I Lombardi alla prima crociata and Jerusalem [1843]
5. Ernani [1844]
6. I due Foscari [1844]
7. Giovanna d'Arco [1845]
8. Alzira [1845]
9. Attila [1846]
10. Macbeth [1847; revised version, 1865]
11. I masnadieri [1847]
12. Il corsaro [1848]
13. La battaglia di Legnano [1849]
14. Luisa Miller [1849]
15. Stiffelio and Aroldo [1850; revised version, 1857]
16. Rigoletto [1851]
17. Il Trovatore [1853]
18. La Traviata [1853]
19. I vespri sicilliani [1855 in French as Les vêpres siciliennes; revised version in Italian, 1861]
20. Simon Boccanegra [1857; revised version, 1881]
21. Un ballo in maschera [1859]
22. La forza del destino [1862; revised version, 1869]
23. Don Carlo [1867 in French as Don Carlos; revised versions in Italian, 1884 (4 acts) and 1887 (5 acts)]
24. Aida [1871]
25. Messa da Requiem [1874]
26. Otello [1887]
27. Falstaff [1893]
28. Miscellaneous Works and Last Years [String quartet, Quatro Pezzi Sacri, etc.
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Any lover of Verdi and opera, Italian or not, should have this book in their collection. Osborne presents an easy read, although sometimes too intellectual, but, his chronological organization exemplifies the development and growth of one of the five or so greatest operatic composers to have ever lived. And one can appreciate Verdi's brilliance and how he managed to compose one opera after another into his eightieth years. Many will argue, with good reason, that his last two operas, Otello and Falstaff were his most magnificent compositions. The reader is well enabled to understand how Verdi progressed to Otello and Falstaff in an almost step by step process covering some sixty years.
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Osborne has organized his presentation well. He devotes a chapter to each of Verdi's operas. The chapters are arranged chronologically according to when the opera was first presented. Interesting and very readable. This is one of those rare finds that one would want to keep and refer to again and again.
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