Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas


By (author) Brian Castles-Onion

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  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 282 pages
  • Dimensions: 115mm x 186mm x 28mm | 326g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844548465
  • ISBN 13: 9781844548460
  • Sales rank: 634,250

Product description

To many people opera is an inaccessible, incomprehensible and faintly ridiculous concept, but to others it is a sublime art form: something to live and breathe every day. Whether you are a seasoned opera buff or you find it all rather bewildering, Brian Castles-Onion, one of the greatest living conductors, is the perfect guide to lead you on a fascinating ramble into the exotic depths of Opera-land. During his successful career he has made recital and concert appearances with international stars such as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa, and along the way has experienced it all: from the glamour of the premiere to the grind of working with rebellious orchestras and bitchy tenors. With a light-hearted charm, he makes sense of many of the world's most famous operas, including Puccini's Tosca, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and the celebrated works of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Brian Castles-Onion is one of the most established and celebrated conductors in the world. He has worked with Opera Australia for many years and has made regular appearances throughout Asia, New Zealand and elsewhere. His operatic repertoire is enormous and, with his witty stand-up style, he is in high demand as a compere and conductor for such major events as Opera in the Park and Opera in the Vineyards. Brian's reputation as an international recording artist, record producer, orchestral arranger and broadcaster is legendary and he has appeared in cabaret in New York, Berlin, London and throughout Australasia. He is also a regular pianist and presenter on ABC children's television - a position he adores!