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Reading the details of the often complex backgrounds of the operas, as well as what goes on in the opera itself (the discussion of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg alone runs to more than 110 pages of text), should immeasurably enrich the listener's opera-going experience, even in this age of the surtitle. And an appreciation of the range and cogency of Wagner's musical and dramatic genius, which this book offers, will serve to balance the unflattering portrait of Wagner the human being that dominates today's thinking about the Master. --Patrick J. Smith
Gives great background and interpretation to Wagner Operas. Would suggest new Wagner opera fans read each summary prior to watching or attending live performance. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jack
Nice detail though not really concerned with directors activity. Good backup for a non german speaker. Worth the money spentPublished on October 8, 2013 by nonsuch
This book gives a good view and explanation about the Wagner opera's.
The background information is very nice to learn about every opera Wagner wrote.