First Nights at the Opera

First Nights at the Opera

by Thomas Forrest Kelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300115261

ISBN-13: 9780300115260

Pub. Date: 05/28/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

What was it like at the opening night of Mozart’s Don Giovanni or Wagner’s Das Rheingold? This glittering introduction to the world of opera takes us behind the scenes during premiere performances of five extraordinary operas.
"A rare and wonderful cultural history."—Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
“An

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What was it like at the opening night of Mozart’s Don Giovanni or Wagner’s Das Rheingold? This glittering introduction to the world of opera takes us behind the scenes during premiere performances of five extraordinary operas.
"A rare and wonderful cultural history."—Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
“An absorbing tangle of minutiae about performing circumstances, personalities, conventions, expectations, critical responses, gossip. . . . This book is readable. Addictively.”—Michael White, Opera Now
“This thoroughly enjoyable and informative book will delight all opera lovers; highly recommended.”—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115260
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
783,010
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introductionxi
Chapter 1George Frideric Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto London, February 20, 1724, 6:00 P.M.1
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Chapter 2Wolfgang Amade Mozart, Il dissoluto punito, ossia Il Don Giovanni Prague, October 29, 1787, 7:00 P.M.63
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Chapter 3Giacomo Meyerbeer, Les Huguenots Paris, February 29, 1836, 7:00 P.M.133
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Chapter 4Richard Wagner, Das Rheingold Bayreuth, August 13, 1876, 7:00 P.M.229
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Chapter 5Giuseppe Verdi, Otello Milan, February 5, 1887, 8:15 P.M.315
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Conclusion389
Recommended Recordings393
Further Reading401
Notes407
Index425
Illustration Credits441

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