"Last Acts is excellent, impressive in its range and detail, and written with a great deal of fluency and color." -- Carlisle Floyd, Award-winning Composer of Susannah, Of Mice and Men, and Cold Sassy Tree.
"Last Acts sheds important new light on the world of verismo opera! A must for fans and scholars alike" -- Marilyn Horne, Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano.
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Puccini's magnificent era of Turn-of-the Century creativity, innovation, and imagination.
Who influenced Puccini and who Puccini influenced.
The popularity of verismo, art nouveau, and late Italian romanticism.
The "last acts" of opera before Fascism and World War II.
Did Italian opera die? If so, who killed it?
A survey of 60 exceptional operas by 16 composers with production notes, map, illustrations.
There is no other opera book like this!