"A required addition to the shelf of the opera lover....It has something for everyone: source studies for the scholar, structural analyses for the teacher, and performance history for the operagoer. It raises many stimulating issues and offers provocative viewpoints; it is a significant contribution to the literature on Purcell's dramatic music and deserves close attention."--Opera Quarterly
"Here is a book that is quite enjoyable to read, a distinction that applies to few works of comparable scholarly excellence."--The American Recorder
"Harris has made a significant contribution to the history of performance practice."--Times Literary Supplement
"Harris brings together a broad range of literary and musical scholarship to make important contributions to our knowledge of the context, origins, sources, and subsequent performance history of Purcell's opera."--Notes
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.