The New Grove Dictionary of Opera

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera : 4 Volumes

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Incorporating a decade of musicological research, the Dictionary is unsurpassed in its scope and quality, with contributions from over 1,300 of the world's leading critics and scholars. A remarkable 11,000 articles, all fully cross-referenced, create a work that has become established as the essential opera reference. Indeed, every aspect of this varied art form is covered: composers, conductors, directors, performers, librettists, literary sources, cities and countries, operatic historians, and opera genres and terminology. BLOver 1800 operas are discussed from the late 16th century Florentine Camerata, through the great 18th and 19th century operas, to contemporary works such as the minimalist theatre pieces of Philip Glass BLThe lives and careers of over 2900 composers are discussed in depth, with entries containing critical assessments as well as discussion of their individual careers and major achievements BLProfiles of every singer who has made a significant contribution to opera are included, from Francesco Rasi in the 1600s to Luciano Pavarotti in the 1990s BLTwo unrivaled indices of character names and arias make it the most useful and user-friendly opera dictionary available BLIllustrated throughout with rare photographs, reproductions of original posters, set and costume designs, and scenes from recent performancesshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 5448 pages
  • 358 x 502 x 210mm | 10,739.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • halftones, line drawings and music examples throughout
  • 0195221869
  • 9780195221862
  • 1,673,498

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"...this work will significantly affect not only the way opera is enjoyed in the future, but the way it is made."-The Washington Post "All inquiries into Opera begin there from now on."-The San Francisco Examiner Chronicle "Make no mistake: This will be the definitive reference work in opera for many, many years to come."-The Chicago Tribune "Written by an army of experts."-The Times "A monument of enlightened scholarship."-Sunday Telegraphshow more

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