Opera. The Definitive Illustrated Story by Alan Riding & Leslie Dunton-Downer


Experience the passion and drama of the world's greatest operas with this sumptuously illustrated visual guide by Alan Riding & Leslie Dunton-Downer.

Immerse yourself in more than 400 years of the world's most celebrated operas and discover the fascinating stories behind them. Explore the lives of singers such as Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and Jonas Kaufmann. Meet composers like Mozart, Wagner, and Britten, and the librettists with whom they collaborated to create the magical blend 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 Bohème, and modern operas such as Brokeback Mountain. It explains musical terminology, traces historical developments, and sets everything in cultural context.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ DK; 1st edition (7 July 2022)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Format: Hardback

Pagination: ‎ 360

Size: ‎ 24.1 x 2.4 x 28.7cm

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