68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Inadequate and misleading,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Book of 101 Opera Librettos: Complete Original Language Texts with English Translations (Hardcover)
This book claims to offer complete original language texts. Unless Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky wrote their operas for Italian librettists, and Smetana for a German one, this is quite untrue. Where I have been able to check the translations against others, or can follow the original language myself, the translations offered are wooden and pretty inadequate. There appear to be extensive cuts in the libretti given, so that the book can hardly be described as complete. The choice of operas is somewhat strange. Only three by Mozart (not Cosi or Entfuhrung), but all ten of Wagners!). I purchased this book because I find nowadays that the print on the libretti given with CDs is becoming harder to read. While this book is rather clearer, the defects that I have outlined above make it in my view a very poor buy.