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First Nights at the Opera

First Nights at the Opera

by Thomas Forrest KellyThomas Forrest Kelly
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A behind-the-scenes look at the premieres of five extraordinary operas

What was it like at the opening night of Mozart’s Don Giovanni or Wagner’s Das Rheingold? This glittering introduction to the world of opera takes us behind the scenes during premiere performances of five extraordinary operas.

"A rare and wonderful cultural history."—Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

“An absorbing tangle of minutiae about performing circumstances, personalities, conventions, expectations, critical responses, gossip. . . . This book is readable. Addictively.”—Michael White, Opera Now

“This thoroughly enjoyable and informative book will delight all opera lovers; highly recommended.”—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300115260
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 926,186
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Thomas Forrest Kelly is Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University.

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