A Dictionary of Opera Characters

A Dictionary of Opera Characters

by Joyce Bourne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199550395

ISBN-13: 9780199550395

Pub. Date: 05/06/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Dictionary of Opera Characters is a marvelous guide to over 2,500 operatic characters, along with invaluable synopses of over 200 major works. From Arabella to Wozzeck and from Aeneas to Zaida, this book is a wealth of information on the main characters in the repertoire of both opera and operetta, ranging from brief identifications of minor characters to

Overview

The Dictionary of Opera Characters is a marvelous guide to over 2,500 operatic characters, along with invaluable synopses of over 200 major works. From Arabella to Wozzeck and from Aeneas to Zaida, this book is a wealth of information on the main characters in the repertoire of both opera and operetta, ranging from brief identifications of minor characters to extensive multi-page essays on major figures. Each entry provides a full description of the role, indicates its vocal category, and discusses who first created the part and other notable performers. This new edition has been revised and fully updated, with a fascinating new appendix of contemporary operas of the last ten years, including detailed synopses and world premiere cast lists, plus a list of opera-related web links. Best of all, the volume boasts more than two dozen feature articles on major characters, written by well-known personalities who themselves constitute a who's who of opera. For instance, Placido Domingo discusses the character of Otello, perhaps his greatest role, and Janet Baker writes about Mary Stuart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199550395
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/06/2010
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 5.16(h) x 0.88(d)

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