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There are some puzzling omissions--Mozart's Così fan tutte and Abduction from the Seraglio--and puzzling inclusions as well: Paderewski's Manru and Horatio Parker's Mona are not considered standard operas by any authority that readily springs to mind. Borodin's Prince Igor is, incomprehensibly, given in Italian and English (the Russian people improbably sing, "Ad Igor, signor nostro, vittoria"), as are Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and Tchaikovsky's Evgeny Onegin. There are also some annoying little errors that could have been avoided with more careful proofreading ("Madam Butterfly"?), and the paper used is disappointingly cheap. Still, with these caveats in mind, The Book of 101 Opera Librettos is a very useful book for the money, a one-stop shop for many of the operas you're likely to encounter. Just be sure to read the libretto before you leave for the opera house.
I was looking for the libretto of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini and because I couldn't access the table of contents online, I did not know that 101 are not enough operas to include... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon B. Crone
I can't believe how comprehensive it is. Fulfills my greatest expectations, and goes far beyond as well.Published 11 months ago by Frederick L O'Connell
I received this as a Christmas present when I was just getting into opera. The book is great as a cheap, easy way to obtain side-by-side English and original language libretti for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Cooley
WOW!! this 10 lb tome is not something you carry to the beach. it is a library of opera. i wont need anything else.Published 20 months ago by fran2sea
I bought this a long time ago and refer to it almost on a daily basis. It is an invaluable aid in understanding opera.Published 24 months ago by S.NUZZARELLO, M.D.
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This provides a very poor english translation, virtually useless. I would use the following illustration to make the point, by comparing the first few lines in one of my favorite... Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by SilverCreek