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100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses Kindle Edition
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However this book only covers 100 operas (as it states in the title.) So, if you are mostly interested in the "Warhorses" such as La Traviata, Turandot, Boris Gudonov, et. al. then this is the book for you. However, don't be surprised if an opera that sounds intriguing that your local opera house is playing or you see at a music store is not represented.
I sort of wish I'd been aware of that fact BEFORE ordering my copy of this 554-page, 1989 paperback. I've subsequently ordered (a used copy of) the original, 704-page, 1957 hardback edition. Not only does Festival of Opera cover 129 (instead of just 100) operas, but also it includes intermittent illustrations (black-and-white line drawings by Fritz Kredel). NO illustrations remain in this 1989 abridgement.
The deletion of such "adequate" (far from stunning) pictures doesn't greatly perturb me (though I do prefer having `em to not having `em). But the excision of such operas as Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur," Monteverdi's "Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" and Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust" does somewhat perturb me (even though the 29 deleted works are the relatively less popular ones). [Note: On the "plus" side(?), Britten's "Peter Grimes" is included in this 1989 edition (it wasn't included in the 1957 edition).]
Also, the final, 32-page "index" of the 1957 hardcover edition has been totally deleted from this 1989 paperback edition. That's a fairly significant omission, insofar as you can no longer look up (for example) a composer's surname alphabetically to find the page numbers pertaining to his opera(s).
The only other noteworthy difference between this 1989 paperback and its 1957 antecedent involves the editions' respective (different) prefaces.Read more ›
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so glad i found this book. i had one years ago when i was learning about different operas. now that i'm 80 i forget who wrote what. Was it Verdi or Pucci? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP
Entertaining, informative, and a treat to read!!!! An excellent anthology of great operatic works.Published 4 months ago by Prometheus Worley
Excellent book. I ordered another for an opera-loving friend who expressed similar feelings.Published 14 months ago by Doc R.