Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera [NOOK Book]

Overview

Weep, Shudder, Die is an insightful and accessible guide to the grand art of opera for both new and longtime fans.

For too long opera was relegated to high society and perceived as stuffy and remote. But now that has changed. A new generation of opera lovers has emerged, inviting a wave of extraordinary new productions and revivals the world over.

Robert Levine has written an illuminating guide for this growing audience. With his signature wit,...

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Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera

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Overview

Weep, Shudder, Die is an insightful and accessible guide to the grand art of opera for both new and longtime fans.

For too long opera was relegated to high society and perceived as stuffy and remote. But now that has changed. A new generation of opera lovers has emerged, inviting a wave of extraordinary new productions and revivals the world over.

Robert Levine has written an illuminating guide for this growing audience. With his signature wit, he examines the most famous composers and operas, from Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen to Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, giving a sense of each opera's history and celebrating its enduring greatness.

Weep, Shudder, Die will inspire anyone who has ever been curious about opera but never knew where to start to discover one of the world's most entertaining and satisfying art forms.

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Editorial Reviews

Tim Page
“Over the course of many animated conversations, I have learned an awful lot about opera from Robert Levine. I hear his voice throughout this book - erudite, generous, musicianly, almost impossibly well-informed and often hilariously funny.”
Thomas May
“I couldn’t imagine a finer or livelier guide through the world of opera than Robert Levine, for newcomers and crazed fans alike. He distills a lifetime of passion and insight into this immensely enjoyable survey, and with the right comic touch to make you wonder how opera ever seemed intimidating.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062092267
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 28 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Levine is a classical music and opera critic and senior editor at classicstoday.com. He is the author of Maria Callas: A Musical Biography and the children's book The Story of the Orchestra, among others.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction: No Need to Wear Your Jewelry 1

German Opera: Who's Afraid of Wagner (and His Friends)? 29

Mozart's Operas: No Comparison Possible 83

Opera in English: If You Think It's Easier to Understand, Think Again 100

Italian Opera: If You Can Hum It, It's Probably Italian 111

French Opera: Demons, Gypsies, Biblical Epics 202

Russian Opera: Choruses, Nationalism, and Tchaikovsky 221

Epilogue: And Finally … 233

Index 236

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

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    I just felt so...* pukes in trash can* im dru.nk

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