The Good Opera Guide

The Good Opera Guide

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Here is an excerpt of what The Good Opera Guide has to say about Cileaa€™s Adriana Lecouvreur: a€œThe one about the star of stage and screen whose rival sends her a bouquet of poison gas violets. She sniffs it: snuffs it.a€The Good Opera Guide is not only for regular operagoers but also for people who are new to the world of opera, or indeed people who want to bluff their way through a performance! It is written with humor and is entertaining as well as informative. Where else would you find a a€œdagger counta€ for La Gioconda, and have Hansel and Gretel categorized as a a€œGingerbread Operaa€? From Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozarta€™s Die ZauberflApte, for each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are a€œworth looking out for, a€ a€œreally good, a€ or, occasionally, a€œstunning.a€ He goes on to tell the history of each opera and its early reception. Finally, each work is graded from alpha to gamma, and Sir Denis has no qualms about voicing his opinion. The guide also presents brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and singers. A glossary of musical terms is included, as well as a€œOperatica, a€ or the essential elements of opera, from the proper place and style of the audiencea€™s applause (and boos) to the use of subtitles.He had had no professional training and was only there, said the cynics, because he wasMr Sutherland. As the yearswent onthe sniggering stopped.Heproved himself to be an efficientand competent conductor andbecamea great authorityon anbsp;...

Title:The Good Opera Guide
Author: Denis Forman
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2013-10-15

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