Icons of Opera: A History in Photographs 1900-2000

Icons of Opera: A History in Photographs 1900-2000

by Matthew Boyden
     
 
As we move into the 21st century, opera is enjoying a popular revival. Since its birth in the late 1500s, opera has generally suffered from the misconception that only the privileged few, educated in the language and musical traditions of an elitist art form, could enjoy the genre. Today, however, mass culture has embraced opera—witness the phenomena of the

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As we move into the 21st century, opera is enjoying a popular revival. Since its birth in the late 1500s, opera has generally suffered from the misconception that only the privileged few, educated in the language and musical traditions of an elitist art form, could enjoy the genre. Today, however, mass culture has embraced opera—witness the phenomena of the Three Tenors—and has excited ordinary people with a passion for music that synthesizes orchestra, voice, drama, and thrilling spectacle. Not surprisingly, this renaissance of opera has resulted in the elevation of many celebrated singers to the status of icon, while helping to push relative newcomers straight into the limelight. Icons of Opera takes a look at more than eighty of the "larger-than-life" operatic figures of this century, using stunning black-and-white photographs and descriptive narratives to encapsulate each subject's greatness, either by way of an intimate portrait revealing charisma and character, or in performance of one of their greatest roles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571452948
Publisher:
Thunder Bay Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.33(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.81(d)

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