Bravo! : A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed

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With wit and insight, Bravo! tackles what can be a daunting subject and presents it in delicious and easily digested bits of biography, history, and lore, making it the perfect introduction to opera for readers of any musical persuasion. Tracing the fascinating development of opera through all of its major works and composers, Bravo! covers everything from the differences between various opera styles to the nature of different voice categories and their major roles. Infusing his narrative with informed opinion, provocative asides, humorous anecdotes, and extraordinary love of the music, Scherer also touches on such interesting topics as the origin of the diva, the roles of madness and death, opera etiquette, and why we shout "Bravo!" when we are thrilling moved. From the sweeping grandeur of Verdi's Aida to the artful enchantment of Mozart's Magic Flute, Scherer explains what to listen for during a performance and how to further your knowledge of this vast more

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 138 x 184 x 32mm | 381.02g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525942483
  • 9780525942481

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