|Publisher:||Atlasbooks Dist Serv|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2009|
|Number of Pages:||920|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||10.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||9.5 x 11.75 x 3.0|
The revised edition of a book originally published in 1999, this version is notable for the addition of 38 operas and more than 300 new production photographs from performances that occurred during the intervening years. It is lushly illustrated with contemporary and historical photographs that portray the wide variety of artistic endeavors involved in the production of an opera, including costuming and set design, as well as the characters and the performers who portrayed them.
Entries are by composer, and within each entry operas are arranged chronologically, which emphasizes the composer's artistic development. Descriptions of each opera include a cast of characters, the date of the opera's premier, a synopsis of the opera, and sometimes a brief commentary and/or excerpt from the musical score. Many of the articles include excerpts from operatic scores, and a comprehensive list appears in an appendix; readers may find themselves wishing for an accompanying CD of these excerpts.
The appendixes, which include separate indexes to persons, subjects, and operatic works featured in the volume, provide several points of access and make up for the lack of a table of contents. Individual entries are appended with the initials of the author but in very small print that would be easy to miss. Bottom Line While this is not scholarly, readers will certainly enjoy the illustrations and the descriptions of the composers and their operas. Recommended for public libraries.
-Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi, TX
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