Getting Opera: A Guide for the Cultured But Confused

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Всего страниц: 261
"I like the idea of opera, I just don't know anything about it", is an all-too-common refrain among postcollegiate, culturally literate, and musically savvy -- but perhaps a little intimidated -- twenty- and thirtysomethings all over the country. Now author Matt Dobkin gives us the first real guide to an often mystifying art form.

A witty, irreverent tour through opera land, GETTING OPERA includes synopses of fifty operas; how to score cheap tickets; where to find opera information on the Web; sidebars with surprising facts and figures such as which operas you might like depending on your astrological sign; parallels between rock music and opera (like Radiohead? Maybe you'll like Wagner); top ten (or twenty) lists covering everything from the hottest singers and stars to the most overrated; opera jokes; a guide to opera houses all over the country; and where to begin your CD collection.

GETTING OPERA brings the elusive concepts of opera down to earth, making it accessible to fans and newcomers alike. It has everything the opera-shy reader needs to embark on a thoroughly delightful and instructive operatic journey.

 

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Dobkin's hip guide fits somewhere between David Pogue and Scott Speck's Opera for Dummies (LJ 10/15/97) and Barrymore Laurence Scherer's Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed (LJ 11/15/96). His ... Читать весь отзыв

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How got itand why I decided to write this book
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Tracing Opera
33
Singing Opera
63
Attending Opera
88
John Adams 117 Claude Debussy
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Georges Bizet 129 Charles Gounod
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Leos Janacek 156 Arnold Schoenberg
204
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 166 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
217
Jacques Offenbach 183 Otelb
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STARTING YOUR RECORD COLLECTION
255
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Стр. 259 - Marion Bauer. How Opera Grew: From Ancient Greece to the Present Day. New York: GP Putnam's Sons, 1956.

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Matt Dobkin is a former classical music editor at Time Out New York, where his work continues to appear regularly. In addition to working as a freelance music, technology, and travel writer, Matt writes and records original rock music.

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