100 Great Operas and Their Stories

100 Great Operas and Their Stories

by Henry W. Simon


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100 Great Operas and Their Stories by Henry W. Simon

An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and aficionados, 100 Great Operas is perhaps the most comprehensive and enjoyable volume of opera stories ever written.
From La Traviata to Aïda, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, here are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, told in an engaging, picturesque, and readable manner. Written by noted opera authority Henry W. Simon, this distinctive reference book contains act-by-act descriptions of 100 operatic works ranging from the historic early seventeenth century masterpieces of Monteverdi to the modern classics of Gian-Carlo Menotti.
In addition to highlighting the most important aspects of each opera, the author discusses the main characters, the famous turnings of plot, and the most significant arias. Here, too, is a wealth of anecdotes concerning literary background, past performances and stars, and production problems of the great operas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385054485
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1989
Series: Reference Books Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 172,325
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Henry W. Simon (1901–70) was an author, editor, educator, and music critic and served as chairman of the Music Critics Circle of New York. His other books include the Pocket Treasury of Great Operas and The Victor Book of the Opera(revised edition).

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