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"Opera 101" is well written, easy to understand, and very informative.
As a companion, I'd suggest Denis Foreman's A Night at the Opera, which is a highly informative, although highly opinionated, reference guide to all the major operas.
This is the book to read if you are an opera lover and want to learn more.
I'm a novice when it comes to Opera. This book helps me gain an appreciation for the topic. I have gone from one having no interest in Opera to one who now loves it!Published 5 months ago by stgeofun
This master work provides a history and understanding of the art form.
It's both the perfect starting point and a valuable supplement for the more experienced opera... Read more
This is the book to read if you are an opera lover and want to learn more. Well written and researched. Great.Published 8 months ago by Lisa C. Philip
If you're interested in the world of opera, this is the best introduction, the perfect way to learn the basics, and to understand the stories of some of the most famous works. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert G. Leroe
Wonderful Have had many hours of happy listening pleasures. Very diversified collection. I love listening to his recordings in French and German.Published 9 months ago by renee buck
Gave to 92 year old father in law and he is interested in opera but he has other reference books that he prefers.Published 9 months ago by Julie
As an opera coach and author, I recently had the opportunity to read through this guide. Since Domingo contributed, I'd thougth this would be an excellent companion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. R. Spencer
This book is a very nice guide to opera for beginners. The first 400 pages are just this history of opera. Quite extensive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D.
I am not a connaiseur, but I understand this book clearly. It's interesting and fun. You don't get tired of reading it.Published 13 months ago by rosa terrones