First Nights at the Opera
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First Nights at the Opera

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What was it like at the opening night of Mozart's Don Giovanni or Wagner's Das Rheingold? This glittering introduction to the world of opera takes us behind the scenes during premiere performances of five extraordinary operas.
"A rare and wonderful cultural history."-Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"An absorbing tangle of minutiae about performing circumstances, personalities, conventions, expectations, critical responses, gossip. . . . This book is readable. Addictively."-Michael White, Opera Now
"This thoroughly enjoyable and informative book will delight all opera lovers; highly recommended."-Library Journal
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 24.64mm | 816g
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • English
  • 88 b-w illus.
  • 0300115261
  • 9780300115260
  • 746,839

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"Kelly had done a prodigious job at organising his source material." Peter Reed, Sunday Telegraph "A rare and wonderful cultural history." Philip Kennicott, Washington Post "An absorbing tangle of minutiae about performing circumstances, personalities, conventions, expectations, critical responses, gossip... This book is readable. Addictively." Michael White, Opera Now "This thoroughly enjoyable and informative book will delight all opera lovers; highly recommended." Library Journal"
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About Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly

Thomas Forrest Kelly is Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University.
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