A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings

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Beyond the operas themselves, Sir Denis offers brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and artists. There is a glossary of musical terms, as well as a list of all the elements that make an opera such a special musical and theatrical experience, from the proper place and style of the audience's applause and boos to the use of surtitles. All of the information and opinions are presented in a lively and amusing way. A Night at the Opera will entertain and inform, delight and perhaps infuriate, ...
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Overview

Beyond the operas themselves, Sir Denis offers brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and artists. There is a glossary of musical terms, as well as a list of all the elements that make an opera such a special musical and theatrical experience, from the proper place and style of the audience's applause and boos to the use of surtitles. All of the information and opinions are presented in a lively and amusing way. A Night at the Opera will entertain and inform, delight and perhaps infuriate, providing a subject for lively debate and ready reference for years to come.

This slightly irreverent guide to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's great operas, including Aida, La Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers.

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The author, a former deputy chairman of the Royal Opera House, may well become the Anna Russell of print with this irreverent guide to plots, singers, composers, and recordings of more than 80 operas Forman's criteria for selection is that of recorded popularity--the opera must have had three or more versions listed in the Gramophone CD catalog of December 1992. Operas are alphabetically arranged from the backstage tragedy "Adriana Lecouvreur" to the psychiatric tragedy," Wozzeck". All are described in degrees of irreverence and are also rated--from alpha-plus to gamma. Also included is a description of the cast, running time, and a unique commentary on the major arias, described as "Look Out For," with the maximum of a three-star rating awarded "at the whim of the author." The arias are listed in "minutes from start." Notes, news and gossip, and a comment section complete the entries. The book concludes with a dictionary of opera terms; brief biographies of composers, conductors, and singers; and an index Although there is much in this volume that might be considered sacrilegious by the serious opera aficionado, Forman's style is humorous, entertaining, and insightful--"Hansel and Gretel" is said to be loved in Munich because of its "Grimm Teutonic nature." Originally published in Britain in 1994 as the "Good Opera Guide", "A Night at the Opera" belongs in all music reference collections. It will balance the serious, weighty tomes and perhaps spark an interest in opera for those who think it dull and boring.
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An encyclopedic handbook dissecting the 83 most popular operas recorded on CD, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's Die Zauberflote. For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and characters in a refreshingly impudent fashion. He also describes the historical background and critical reception of each opera, defines terms, and provides biographies of composers, conductors, and artists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679445531
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/19/1995
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.84 (d)

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    I love this book

    I like to do a bit of homework before attending an opera. I like to familiarize or refamiliarize myself with the story line and other interesting background information on the composer, premier, etc. To do this I use online resources and resource books such as Simon's "100 Great Operas and their Stories". Forman's book is a delightful addition to these resources. It's amusing in addition to being enlightening. It's different in that he avoids technical parlance in favor of everyday language. It makes opera fun and available to the common man. I love this book. I have gifted it on several occasions to my opera going friends. They love this book too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    The best book about opera!!

    I got the book several years ago. I think it's the best one you can get out there. It's concise and very funny but above all VERY informative about major operas. I use it often to figure out what the composer's intentions were wich gives me in-depth point of view about particular aria, duet etc. I am eagerly waiting for the second volume because a lot operas like I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Die Agyptische Helena, Anna Bolena to name a few were not added. So please Mr. Forman, we need more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    My First Choice for Opera Books

    I have a couple of opera guides, but this is the first one I read and the one I really pay attention to. It is great for getting familiar with a new CD, and a must read before attending any performance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    An Entertaining, Informative Introduction to Opera

    I was first introduced to this fascinating, informative, and funny book while I was singing in the Chorus for Lucia di Lammermoor. During one rehearsal I noticed that both the Chorus Master and the Maestro were consulting from it and enjoying a bit of a laugh as they read. I went out and picked up a copy and have used it extensively for over five years. It is definitely a irreverent look at the opera, the author is not afraid to tell you that a certain opera stinks, or that the story is too bizarre even for opera. He does give you, however, a clear synopsis of the plot; a musical overview of what to listen for; a historical overview of how the opera was received by the original audience, or any gossipy tidbits about the composer; and finally, his own overall rating of the opera. This book works well for those new to opera or even those who like opera, but wish to know more. Written in a quick, sometimes toung in cheek style, this book still manages to be informative as well as entertaining. In the author¿s words, this book is ¿an alpha.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2000

    If you've never read an opera book...

    ...but have seen an opera or two, or heard some of the great arias -- this is the book for you. It's funny, engaging and gives you all the plots, the history the musical highlights and even the gossip. It made me want to go to several of the operas I read about. A great book to browse through.

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