The Oxford History of Opera

The Oxford History of Opera

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In "The Oxford History of Opera" the history and social context of opera is explored by a group of leading British and American scholars, under the editorship of Roger Parker. The core of the book is a historical survey of opera, from its beginnings in Florence 400 years ago, up to opera in the 1990s. The greatest coverage is given to the 19th century, the time during which most of the operas performed today were composed. There are also chapters on the history of staging, on opera singers, on opera as a social occasion through the ages, and a chronology. Although all major composers of opera are mentioned, and their works discussed, the various chapters concentrate less on simple historical narrative, and more on the complex development of opera, especially on its relationship with the other arts and its place within the broader world of culture and politics. The contributors have remained alive to the basic attraction of opera: its extravagant appeal to both the senses and the intellect, and its seemingly inexhaustible power to move and more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 132.08 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 pp black and white plates, bibliography
  • 0192840282
  • 9780192840288

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"A very readable historical overview....The illustrations are very useful and informative."--Benjamin Korstved, Ball State University"General readers and scholars will take delight in this sturdily bound, excellently designed, reasonably priced publication. Highly recommended, it belongs in every collection."--Choiceshow more

About Roger Parker

About the Editor: Roger Parker is Lecturer in Music at Oxford University and Fellow of St. Hugh's College. Until recently an Associate Professor of Music at Cornell University, he has published extensively on Verdi and on nineteenth-century Italian more

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