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1 Opera: The Art of Dying (Convergences: Inventories of the Present)

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Opera: The Art of Dying (Convergences: Inventories of the Present)


Linda Hutcheon, Michael Hutcheon

This volume brings together scientific and humanistic perspectives on the lessons on living and dying that the extravagant and seemingly artificial art of opera imparts to attempt to answer this intriguing question.
2 The Grove Book of Opera Singers

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The Grove Book of Opera Singers




Spanning from the birth of opera to the present day, a comprehensive musical reference features biographical profiles of more than 1,500 singers, alphabetically organized for easy access, that range from Marian Anderson to Benedict Zak, ...
3 The Grove Book of Operas

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The Grove Book of Operas




Synopses and descriptions of more than 250 operas are covered in this collection of entries that are written by leading authorities on the opera and include information on musicians and performers, performance style, operatic history, ...
4 Famous Italian Opera Arias: A Dual-Language Book

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Famous Italian Opera Arias: A Dual-Language Book




Original Italian texts with English translations of 145 arias from 50 operas, including Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, and more. Introduction.
5 Italian Opera (National Traditions of Opera)

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Italian Opera (National Traditions of Opera)


David R. B. Kimbell

David Kimbell traces the history of Italian opera from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
6 The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

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The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary


Herbert Breslin, Anne Midgette

The King and I is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during which Breslin guided what he calls, justifiably, “the greatest career in classical music.” ...
7 Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend

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Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend


Arianna Huffington

For millions of people, the great soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) remains the focus of such unparalleled fascination that there is still no higher praise for singers than "...the best since Callas.
8 Maria Callas Remembered: An Intimate Portrait of the Private Callas

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Maria Callas Remembered: An Intimate Portrait of the Private Callas


Nadia Stancioff

Never before in paperback: An intimate portrait of the private Callas.
9 A Short History of Opera

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A Short History of Opera


Donald Grout, Hermine Weigel Williams

"The fourth edition incorporates new scholarship that traces the most important developments in the evolution of musical drama.
10 A History of Opera

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A History of Opera


Carolyn Abbate, Roger Parker

Looks at the long history and evolution of opera, discussing the social, political, literary, and economic circumstances relevant to it, as well as the polemics that have accompanied it and the problems that it has faced in the last half ...
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