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The Rough Guide to Opera is a unique handbook on the most thrilling of art forms, spanning four hundred years of music drama. The title features lively biographical sketches of some 150 composers from Claudio Monteverdi to Poul Ruders, animating the main events of their careers and revealing their social and musical context. Entertaining accounts of hundreds of operas both famous and neglected and comprehensive reviews of over a thousand CD’s from recent digital releases to the best historical recordings. From historical figures like Caruso to contemporary stars like Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Daniel Barenboim, discover the finest singers and conductors on record. Superb photographs, drawings, and CD cover images make this title an Opera-lover’s essential.

Sketches of opera composers, opera synopsises, and CD reviews.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843535386
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2007
  • Series: Rough Guide Reference Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Boyden is an author and journalist specialising in classical music and opera. As well as writing The Rough Guide to Opera, Matthew is a contributor to The Rough Guide to Classical Music

Matthew Boyden is an author and journalist specialising in classical music and opera. As well as writing The Rough Guide to Opera, Matthew is a contributor to The Rough Guide to Classical Music

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Table of Contents

Introduction     viii
Opera on DVD     xiii
The Birth of Opera: Monteverdi to Purcell
List of operas covered in Chapter 1     1
Claudio Monteverdi     6
Pier Francesco Cavalli     14
Jean-Baptiste Lully     18
Marc-Antoine Charpentier     23
John Blow     26
Henry Purcell     28
Baroque Opera: Vivaldi to Handel
List of operas covered in Chapter 2     33
Antonio Vivaldi     38
Giovanni Pergolesi     42
Andre Campra     44
Jean-Philippe Rameau     46
Georg-Philipp Telemann     53
George Frideric Handel     55
John Gay     69
The Reformation of Opera: Gluck to Mozart
List of operas covered in Chapter 3     73
Christoph Willibald Gluck     77
Joseph Haydn     87
Giovanni Paisiello     90
Domenico Cimarosa     92
Antonio Salieri     93
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart     96
The Age of Romanticism
List of operas covered in Chapter 4     115
Luigi Cherubini     119
Ludwig van Beethoven     122
Luigi Spontini     126
Francois-Adrien Boieldieu     128
Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber     129
Giacomo Meyerbeer     132
Jacques Francois Halevy     135
Hector Berlioz     137
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann     145
Louis Spohr     146
Carl Maria von Weber     148
Heinrich Marschner     154
Franz Schubert     156
Robert Schumann     158
Albert Lortzing     160
Otto Nicolai     162
Friedrich von Flotow     163
Peter Cornelius     165
Gioacchino Rossini     167
Gaetano Donizetti     185
Vincenzo Bellini     199
Michael Balfe     207
Verdi, Wagner and their contemporaries
List of operas covered in Chapter 5     209
Giuseppe Verdi     213
Amilcare Ponchielli     248
Arrigo Boito     250
Richard Wagner     252
Johann Strauss the Younger     284
Ambroise Thomas     287
Charles Gounod     290
Jacques Offenbach     295
Edouard Lalo     302
Camille Saint-Saens     304
Leo Delibes      306
Georges Bizet     308
Emmanuel Chabrier     313
Ernest Chausson     315
Arthur Sullivan     316
Bedrich Smetana     320
Antonin Dvorak     324
Mikhail Glinka     326
Alexander Borodin     329
Modest Mussorgsky     331
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky     337
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov     343
Opera in Transition: The Generation of Puccini, Massenet and Debussy
List of operas covered in Chapter 6     349
Alfredo Catalani     353
Pietro Mascagni     354
Ruggero Leoncavallo     358
Giacomo Puccini     362
Umberto Giordano     379
Francesco Cilea     382
Italo Montemezzi     384
Jules Massenet     386
Andre Messager     395
Gustave Charpentier     397
Claude Debussy     399
Engelbert Humperdinck     402
Frederick Delius     405
The Era of Modernism
List of operas covered in Chapter 7     411
Richard Strauss     416
Hans Pfitzner     432
Franz Lehar     435
Ferruccio Busoni      438
Alexander Zemlinsky     442
Arnold Schoenberg     446
Franz Schreker     450
Erich Korngold     453
Alban Berg     456
Paul Hindemith     461
Kurt Weill     466
Ernst Krenek     472
Viktor Ullmann     474
Ervin Schulhoff     477
Leos Janacek     478
Bohuslav Martinu     487
Bela Bartok     491
Zoltan Kodaly     493
Karol Szymanowski     494
Sergei Rachmaninov     496
Igor Stravinsky     500
Sergei Prokofiev     507
Dmitri Shostakovich     515
Carl Nielsen     519
Ralph Vaughan Williams     522
Paul Dukas     524
Maurice Ravel     525
Manuel de Falla     529
Virgil Thomson     531
George Gershwin     534
Opera since World War II
List of operas covered in Chapter 8     537
Francis Poulenc     542
Olivier Messiaen     545
Luigi Dallapiccola     547
Luigi Nono     549
Luciano Berio     551
Salvatore Sciarrino     553
Gottfried von Einem     555
Bernd Alois Zimmermann     557
Hans Werner Henze     559
Aribert Reimann     563
Karlheinz Stockhausen     565
Wolfgang Rihm     570
Gyorgy Ligeti     572
Krzysztof Penderecki     574
Alfred Schnittke     576
Aulis Sallinen     578
Einojuhani Rautavaara     581
Poul Ruders     583
Louis Andriessen     586
Benjamin Britten     589
Michael Tippett     602
William Walton     607
Harrison Birtwistle     609
Peter Maxwell Davies     613
Michael Nyman     617
John Tavener     618
Judith Weir     620
Mark-Anthony Turnage     623
Thomas Ades     625
Gian Carlo Menotti     627
Samuel Barber     631
Leonard Bernstein     633
Carlisle Floyd     635
Philip Glass     637
John Corigliano     641
John Adams     643
Tan Dun     648
Directory of Singers      651
Directory of Conductors     691
Glossary     707
Index     715
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