Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed

Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed


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Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed by Barrymore Laurence Scherer, Barrymore Sherer

For anyone who’s ever wondered what all the fuss is about, this witty and informative guide provides a concise overview of the whos, whats, and whys of opera. Scherer covers everything from the differences between various opera styles and the reputations and careers of important composers, to the nature of different voice categories and the kind of roles they usually sing. While covering all of opera’s high points, the author also touches on such interesting asides as the origin of the diva, the role of madness, opera etiquette, and why we shout Bravo! Designed to allow the reader to dip in at any point and get a quick overview of a particular theme or work in the opera repertoire, Bravo! is neither an intimidating encyclopedia nor another book of opera plots, but a lively introduction for anyone who simply wants to know more without getting a lecture. Rounded out with many pithy quotations, anecdotes, lists, and illustrations by the author, Bravo! is the essential guide to appreciating and enjoying opera.

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ISBN-13: 9780452277182
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1997
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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