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Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera
     

Weep, Shudder, Die: A Guide to Loving Opera

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by Robert Levine
 

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"Icouldn't imagine a finer or livelier guide through the world of opera. . . . [Levine] distills a lifetime of passion and insight into this immenselyenjoyable survey, and with the right comic touch to make you wonder how operaever seemed intimidating." —Thomas May, author of Decoding Wagner

Despitethe popular success of the Metropolitan

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"Icouldn't imagine a finer or livelier guide through the world of opera. . . . [Levine] distills a lifetime of passion and insight into this immenselyenjoyable survey, and with the right comic touch to make you wonder how operaever seemed intimidating." —Thomas May, author of Decoding Wagner

Despitethe popular success of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series, opera’s grandworld of soaring sopranos and breathtaking baritones—of tragic Rigoletto, triumphal Sigmund, and desperate Orfeo, of faithful Figaro, heartbroken Pagliacci,and lusty Don Giovanni—remains wrapped in an aura of impenetrable esotericism.Piercing this veil of opera’s perceived inaccessibility, acclaimed classicalmusic critic Robert Levine extends a witty and insightfulinvitation to enjoy opera in Weep, Shudder, Die, offering a newgeneration of aficionados a priceless way to access to music’s greatest achievement.

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Tim Page
“Over the course of many animated conversations, I have learned an awful lot about opera from Robert Levine. I hear his voice throughout this book - erudite, generous, musicianly, almost impossibly well-informed and often hilariously funny.”
Thomas May
“I couldn’t imagine a finer or livelier guide through the world of opera than Robert Levine, for newcomers and crazed fans alike. He distills a lifetime of passion and insight into this immensely enjoyable survey, and with the right comic touch to make you wonder how opera ever seemed intimidating.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061941313
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.88(d)

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Tim Page
“Over the course of many animated conversations, I have learned an awful lot about opera from Robert Levine. I hear his voice throughout this book - erudite, generous, musicianly, almost impossibly well-informed and often hilariously funny.”
Thomas May
“I couldn’t imagine a finer or livelier guide through the world of opera than Robert Levine, for newcomers and crazed fans alike. He distills a lifetime of passion and insight into this immensely enjoyable survey, and with the right comic touch to make you wonder how opera ever seemed intimidating.”

Meet the Author

Robert Levine is a classical music and opera critic and senior editor at www.classicstoday.com. He is the author of Maria Callas: A Musical Biography and the children's book The Story of the Orchestra, among others.

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