Who'S Afraid Of Opera?

Overview

For anyone who has been intimidated, overwhelmed, or just plain confused by what they think opera is, Who's Afraid of Opera? offers a lively, readable, and frankly biased guide to what author Michael Walsh describes as "the greatest art form yet invented by humankind." From opera's origins in Renaissance Italy to the Who's Tommy and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, Walsh explores what opera is - and what it's not; which is more important - the words or the music?; why does it take Tristan so long to die?; a ...
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Overview

For anyone who has been intimidated, overwhelmed, or just plain confused by what they think opera is, Who's Afraid of Opera? offers a lively, readable, and frankly biased guide to what author Michael Walsh describes as "the greatest art form yet invented by humankind." From opera's origins in Renaissance Italy to the Who's Tommy and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, Walsh explores what opera is - and what it's not; which is more important - the words or the music?; why does it take Tristan so long to die?; a (Not Quite) Totally Arbitrary Basic Repertoire; and what makes a great singer. So curtain up! It's time to settle into your seat, close up your program, and watch the house lights go down. And get ready for the musical ride of your lives.

Opera is very much in the public eye--and ear. Here is a lively and readable guide to this inspiring branch of classical music--for anyone who has already discovered the joy of opera and anyone who would like to.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671884024
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, or Why Opera? 11
1 What Opera Is - and What It's Not, or How I Got Here 17
2 How to Listen to an Opera, or It Really Isn't as Bad as It Sounds 35
3 A Brief (Don't Worry) History of Opera, or How Did It Get That Way? 49
4 Prima la musica e poi le parole, or Is It the Other Way Around? 69
5 A (Not Quite) Totally Arbitrary Basic Repertoire, or Do I Have to Listen to All of Them? 83
6 What About Broadway?, or Does It Have to Be Funny and Foreign? 153
7 On Singers and Singing, or Why Are They All So Crazy? 167
8 The Opera Experience, or Now What Do I Do? 185
9 The Future of Opera, or Where Do We Go From Here? 205
10 Adventures in the Opera Trade, or The Finale Ultimo 217
A Selective Discography 225
Index 229
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