The New Penguin Opera Guide (Penguin Reference Books)

The New Penguin Opera Guide (Penguin Reference Books)

The New Penguin Opera Guide (Penguin Reference Books)

This is a completely updated and revised edition of the "Viking Opera Guide", with many new entries and a guide to the best opera recordings. It brings together an extraordinary range of material and information, embracing all forms of opera from its beginnings through to the 21st century, covering composers, individual operas and operatic history. Over 100 distinguished contributors have written on more than 800 composers and examined 1500 operas in detail.

From Library Journal
In this update of her compact but thorough guide, first published in 1993, opera translator Holden casts her net to include operetta and musical theater. Ranging from opera's beginnings in the 16th century to ventures that premiered as late as the end of 2000, she offers about 850 articles arranged alphabetically by composer. A tenth of these articles are new, representing previously unexplored territory or operas that have appeared since the earlier title. Familiar operas are addressed, as are those on the fringes of the repertoire and contributions by composers probably recognized only in their homelands (e.g., C.L. Dieter, P. Hadjiev, and J. Ruzitska). Performers are, however, excluded. After giving biographical information and background...

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