Opera : The Great Composers and Their Masterworks

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As one of the fastest-growing areas of performing arts, opera is enjoying a renaissance in the public imagination. Perfect timing then for this invaluable reference book exploring the background to 400 years of opera - the composers and singers, and the buildings and festivals that showcase them.Joyce Bourne explores the development of each operatic era - from the Baroque to the present day - and sets it in its political and social context with an international scope, including work from Armenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Britain France, Austria, Russia, and the United States. Concise biographies and synopses of the key works of the major composers are featured, accompanied by stunning stage photography, together with listings of the key pieces of music to listen out for.Whether you are a novice or a connoisseur Opera will transmit Bourne's passion, enriching your future relationship with opera.show more

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • English
  • 0195379942
  • 9780195379945