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Opera The Definitive Illustrated Story

AUTHOR: Leslie Dunton-Downer and Alan Riding

A sumptuously illustrated history of opera brought to life by stunning photography, following the same format as Ballet- The Definitive Illustrated History

Experience the passion and drama of the world's greatest operas with this sumptuously illustrated visual guide.

Immerse yourself in more than 75 years of the world's most celebrated operas and discover the fascinating stories behind them. Explore the lives of opera singers, such as Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and Jonas Kaufmann. Meet composers such as Mozart, Wagner, and Britten, and the librettists with whom they collaborated to create the magical blends of words and music that make up opera.

From its origins in the 17th-century courts of Italy to live screenings in public spaces today, Opera- The Definitive Illustrated Story follows the history of opera from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1607, to Cosi fan Tutte, La Boh me, and modern operas such as Brokeback Mountain. It explains musical terminology, traces historical developments, and sets everything in cultural context.

Filled with photographs of all the key figures and performances, this book revels in the sets and costumes that make up the grand spectacle of opera. It also explores the great opera houses of the world, such as La Scala, Milan, the Met in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. Opera- The Definitive Illustrated Story is the essential book for anyone who wants to understand and enjoy the constantly evolving world of opera.

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