Opera: A Penguin Anthology.

Brook, Stephen.


Publisher: Viking. London. 1995 (Ist Edition)

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Lg. 8vo, XXXIV, 520pp. Hardcover with red cloth boards and d/w in excellent condition protected by clear archival covering, text in near pristine condition with only minor flecking of upper edge. Opera sprang to life in Italy in the early 1600’s and was immediately a great success. Not only did it blend drama and music but at the time it provided the different courts of Europe an unmatched opportunity for lavish display. In this richly entertaining anthology, the author has managed to produce a rounded look at all the sublimities and follies of the operatic stage. The chapters have wonderful stories of many famous singers, composers and stage and audience issues and there is no doubt that anyone who has ever enjoyed an opera will relish this fascinating book.