The Operagoer's Guide: One Hundred Stories and Commentaries

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(Amadeus). In this volume, Father M. Owen Lee writes for the 21st-century operagoer, briskly and stylishly telling the stories of 100 of the world's greatest music dramas from Aida to Die Zauberflote . The stories told in music by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss are brought to life here with wit, insight and boundless enthusiasm. When compiling and composing this pocket-sized handbook, Fr. Lee considered the unique needs of the modern operagoer. Contemporary text-translating services have made pure synopses somewhat redundant. Fr. Lee, ...

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Overview

(Amadeus). In this volume, Father M. Owen Lee writes for the 21st-century operagoer, briskly and stylishly telling the stories of 100 of the world's greatest music dramas from Aida to Die Zauberflote . The stories told in music by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Strauss are brought to life here with wit, insight and boundless enthusiasm. When compiling and composing this pocket-sized handbook, Fr. Lee considered the unique needs of the modern operagoer. Contemporary text-translating services have made pure synopses somewhat redundant. Fr. Lee, therefore, has focused his commentaries less on the comings and goings of plot than on subtext, motivation and background information. He also suggests his single favorite recording for each of the 100 operas discussed. In all, he has written a guide that will prove invaluable to the opera novice and useful even for the aficionado.

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Library Journal
Lee, a priest, retired university professor, classicist, frequent Metropolitan Opera broadcast panelist, and author of numerous books on opera, has put a decidedly modern twist on the opera-plot synopsis. In addition to unusually readable summaries of the plots, the author offers insightful, interesting, and often entertaining commentary about the composers, critics, performers, and notable or infamous performances. The 100 operas covered are those currently most popular according to the author, spanning Aida to Die Zauberflote, and each entry highlights a CD of his favorite performance. Lee does not disguise his rather conservative opinion either in his choice of recordings or in the commentary. Refreshing, well written, informative, and extremely useful, this pocket-sized handbook is highly recommended for public libraries. Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Lee (contributing editor, ) recounts the stories of 100 operas. His commentaries focus less on matters of plot than on elements found in the subtext, the motivation of characters, and background. He also discusses recent criticism. Entries are alphabetical by title. A glossary, a list of English titles, and a list of composers are also included. Lee lists his favorite recording of each opera covered. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670653
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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