Opera For Dummies

Opera For Dummies

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ISBN-13: 9780764550102
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: BOOK & CD
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.41(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

David Pogue had a musical career on Broadway before he became one of the nation’s top technology gurus.
Scott Speck has conducted orchestras around the world and is coauthor of Ballet For Dummies. Together, they also wrote Classical Music For Dummies.

Table of Contents



PART I: Larger Than Life.

Chapter 1: Curtain Up!

Chapter 2: The Libretto's the Thing.

Chapter 3: The Score's the Other Thing.

Chapter 4: Opera Singers and Their Equipment.

PART II: The Story of Opera.

Chapter 5: A Little Greece, a Little Italy.

Chapter 6: The French Connection.

Chapter 7: English Channels.

Chapter 8: Opera with a German Accent.

Chapter 9: The Russian Evolution — and the American Way.

PART III: A Night at the Opera.

Chapter 10: How to Go to an Opera.

Chapter 11: A Spin through Your Free CD.

Intermission: Backstage Tour.

PART IV: A Guide to the World's Most Beloved Operas.

Chapter 12: The 50 Big Kahunas.

Chapter 13: The Best of the Rest.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Opera.

Chapter 15: The Ten Best Opera Terms for Cocktail Parties.

Chapter 16: Ten Great Opera Jokes.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep Discovering Opera Forever.

PART VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Getting Started.

Appendix B: Opera Timeline.

Appendix C: Glossary.


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Opera for Dummies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The up-and-coming soprano who takes a few years off her age . . . the Germanic hero who is famous for 'thinking' without his brain . . . the world class opera whose plot is simply impossible . . . These are part of the wacky world of opera, and 'Opera for Dummies' does a great job of de-mythologizing this arcane field. The authors patiently take us on a quick chronological tour of opera and briefly describe the plots of several dozen of the best-known operas. The bulk of your opera company's offerings will come out of this standard repertoire each year, so with a little study you can become an instant expert. The book includes a handy CD containing operatic snippets from Mozart to the present. The book's corresponding CD guide is timed to the second, and the authors cue you in to dramatic 'color' changes in the orchestra and singing, so be sure your CD player displays play times to the second. Buy this book and you'll go from operaphobe to opera buff really quick.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I love these books: they manage to stay just this side of patronizing. Opera is a subject about which, I know very little and crave more knowledge. This book can be, as I have just done, read cover to cover AND it then becomes a reference guide as one makes one's way into virgin territory. Pogue and Speck treat the subject with sufficient levity to debunk the pomposity which can surround Opera (fellow English readers will know all about that!), but at the same time, a love of their topic shines through. I learned a great deal from reading this book about the history, terms and plot lines of Opera. As previously admitted, I had a lot to learn (STILL DO!!!) but this book will stay close by whilst I explore the wonderful world of opera.
Joles on LibraryThing 21 days ago
All of the Dummies books are excellent and this is no exception. I love how it delves into depth, while also relating anecdotes and cartoons to hold the reader's attention. The CD is also excellent.