Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums $5 Off Fire TV Stick Labor Day Sale in Wine Shop Popular Services pivdl pivdl pivdl  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Gear Up for Football Deal of the Day
Opera As Drama and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: No guarantee on products that contain supplements and some products may include highlighting and writing.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Opera as Drama: Fiftieth ... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Paperback – December 14, 2005

6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0520246928 ISBN-10: 0520246926 Edition: Fiftieth Anniversary

Buy New
Price: $31.95
12 New from $17.61 18 Used from $6.48 4 Collectible from $14.99
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$31.95
$17.61 $6.48
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$8.49
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$3.99
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


InterDesign Brand Store Awareness Rent Textbooks
$31.95 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition + The Oxford Shakespeare: Othello: The Moor of Venice (The Oxford Shakespeare)
Price for both: $41.93

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

By and large, the new edition of Opera as Drama retains the spirit and format of the original ( LJ 11/1/56). However, in an effort to generalize the methodology used throughout the work, Kerman has added an interesting section outlining a viable method of opera criticism. In addition, he has modified the chapter devoted to Mozart to include a penetrating discussion of Idomeneo. The thoughtful withdrawal of somewhat callow remarks on various composers, operas, etc., will also be regarded as a welcome revision by many readers. Alterations notwithstanding, Kerman's study remains one of the most captivating books on opera to date. Highly recommended. William J. Waters, Pensacola Junior Coll., Fla.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"If you are for opera, this book is for you." - New York Times Book Review "The most influential recent book on opera criticism... in the English-speaking world" - New Grove Dictionary of Opera "Affords the serious reader and listener an absorbing encounter with a sensitive and superbly trained intelligence in the act of thinking about music and music criticism.... We come away remembering the sound of Kerman's prose voice, mellifluous, elegant, eminently civilized, beneath its cool control a ground bass of urgent feeling." - San Francisco Chronicle Book Review "The author's clarity and pungency...make for enjoyable, challenging reading. It is a collection that can tease the person who is primarily interested in opera into wanting to explore the song literature of the English Renaissance or to listen more knowledgeably to Mozart's piano concertos and Beethoven's symphonies." - William Ashbrook, Opera Quarterly "Kerman's musicological activity is technical without neglecting the importance of text, cultural context, meaning, expression, and value, and is likely to appeal to educated lay people.... Kerman's scholarship is careful and sensitive, and often subtle and witty. Yet this subtle scholarship has evoked strong and widespread reaction and provided significant leadership within musicology and beyond." - Renee Cox Lorraine, Notes "Lucid, lively.... Many aspects of his work can provide inspiration." - Oliver Neighbour, Music and Letters"

See all Editorial Reviews
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Fiftieth Anniversary edition (December 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520246926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520246928
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gtra1n VINE VOICE on May 2, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Why does opera exist as a form? Why do people attend operas, and listen to them? Why should you do so? This classic, brilliant book by Kerman makes the case clearly and strongly.

Opera is drama; beyond the staged spectacles and emblambed warhorses that seem to draw the biggest audiences, opera exists to convey drama, especially the drama of interior actions, emotions and existence. This is why characters are singing, not merely speaking.

Kerman uses the examples, in case study form, of arguably histories greatest operas to point out why the form exists and thrives, and also what makes a work good, and what makes one fail. He begins with Monteverdi and ends with 20th century works like "Wozzeck" and "The Rakes Progress," while also covering Verdi, Wagner, Mozart. His chapter on Mozart's operas is one of the greatest pieces of musical critical thinking that has been written, it explains the greatness of Mozart as an opera composer and also the near-greatness, and flaws, of "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi fan tutte." Kerman also points out what some popular works fail as drama, and thus as opera.

This is the single best work to introduce listeners to the form. Highest recommendation.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
The comon view of opera is recitative=drama, arias=music, and therefore not drama. Kerman makes a different (and therefore genuine) claim. he says that in opera the music IS the drama. To illustrate this, he enters a thorough venture in the world of opera, from the first masterpiece - Monteverdi's "orfeo" to wagner and modern operas. The work includes a discussion of the works of such giants as verdi and mozart, and also a critical look at the Leitmotive technics. Kerman is imaginative, provocative, write in a clear language. altough the book demands a background in opera appreciation. It does not demands a musical background. To some it is almost "the bible" of opera understanding. A master achievement.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Harris on January 28, 2015
Format: Paperback
If you're into opera deep enough to read -this- I want to recommend the original version as well. The very controversial things that the author tried to smooth over in the revised edition are actually things that I (mostly) -liked-. One of the main points of the book is to -be- critical of opera; that there are some composers and operas that just -aren't- that great (despite their massive popularity). Most people don't see opera like pop music... there are guilty pleasures among great songs. Kerman's point is that there are a LOT of operas that are not so great and we should stop treating them all as 'jewels' in a way that we would never do with other types of music. In the original, he had the guts to -be- controversial... if not always PC.

In short, read this. But then, read the original... just understand that some of his rants there are meant to stir the pot, which, IMO opera definitely needs.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
This item: Opera as Drama: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Price: $31.95
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: when i am famous