Who's Who in Opera

Who's Who in Opera

A Guide to Opera Characters

Book - 1998
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This guide to over 2,500 operatic characters provides both an invaluable source of reference and an absorbing and enjoyable read. Covering a wide range of works across the whole compass of opera and operetta, it contains plot synopses for over 250 operas as well as full information about eachoperatic role, including its creator and notable performers. Box features, illustrated with photographs, commissioned from well-known personalities in the world of opera, such as Janet Baker, Placido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, and Jonathan Miller, who write about their favourite opera characters. Over 2,500 characters from 280 operas Articles by well-known personalities from the world of opera about the roles they have played, directed, or enjoyed - from Janet Baker, Placido Domingo, Anne Evans, and Thomas Hampson to Jonathan Miller, Robert Tear, Theodor Uppman, and Susanna Walton From Arabella to Wozzeck, entries give a description of the role, its vocal category, by whom the part was created, and notable performers and performances Details of who first performed a particular role Plot synopses for over 250 operas Important arias and ensembles mentioned, with English translations 'a reference book for operaphiles who read synopses, but feel short-changed about information on the characters touched upon in such potted accounts . . . the answer to a prayer for those who attend operas without doing their homework properly . . . simply enjoy the fruits of her researches - withthe bonus of coming out considerably better informed and much the wiser.' From the Foreword by Sir George Christie, (Chairman, Glyndebourne)
Publisher: Oxford,England : Oxford Univ. Press : 1998
ISBN: 9780192100238
Branch Call Number: 782.1 B667w
Characteristics: 457p illus
Additional Contributors: Kennedy, Michael, ed


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