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This invaluable primer will ntroduce the uninitiated to the mysteries of opera and helps more experienced buffs expand their understanding and deepen their appreciation of the art form. It provides an accesible and completely comprehensive look at opera's rich heritage and includes information such as:
•A retelling of opera's history, from its roots in Greek tragedy up the modern period
•A look at operatic production over the centuries, including the evolution of scenery, lighting, and stage design
•An in-depth discussion of the crucial role of the conductor
•Biographical sketches of the hundred greatest voices of all time, from the castrati of the 17th century to the present-day superstars such as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti
•Descriptions of the fifty operas of the standard repertory.
In addition, the glossary, bibliography, discography, and unique videography round out this invaluable guide to a most challenging and rewarding art form.