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The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

by Herbert Breslin & Anne Midgette

Luciano Pavarotti’s longtime manager and friend tells all. All.

The King and I is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during...


Ticket to the Opera: Discovering and Exploring 100 Famous Works, History, Lore, and Singers, with Rec

by Phil G. Goulding

In Ticket to the Opera, Phil G. Goulding finally makes the magic and mystique of opera accessible to all. Here he offers a complete operatic education, including history, definitions of key musical terms, opera...


The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Georges Bizet's Carmen: Libretto, Background, and Photos

by Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy & Georges Bizet

(Amadeus). A riveting story of fatal attraction between a beguiling, strong-willed gypsy and a naive but passionate soldier who falls under her spell, Georges Bizet's Carmen pulses with seduction, obsession,...


Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality

by Pamela Karantonis, Francesca Placanica & Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala

Cathy Berberian (1925-1983) was a vocal performance artist, singer and composer who pioneered a way of composing with the voice in the musical worlds of Europe, North America and beyond. As a modernist muse...


Opera and Vivaldi

by Michael Collins & Elise K. Kirk

From the New York Times review of the Dallas Opera's performance of Orlando furioso and the international symposium on Baroque opera: ". . . it was a serious, thoughtful, consistent and imaginative realization...


The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro: Libretto, Background, and Photos

by Lorenzo Da Ponte & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(Amadeus). Today Mozart's exquisite Le Nozze di Figaro delights and moves audiences everywhere, long after its 1786 birth into tumultuous times. The original Beaumarchais play raised a firestorm in France, then...


Post-War French Popular Music: Cultural Identity and the Brel-Brassens-Ferré Myth

by Adeline Cordier

Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré are three emblematic figures of post-war French popular music who have been constantly associated with each other by the public and the media. They have been described...


Musicality in Theatre: Music as Model, Method and Metaphor in Theatre-Making

by Prof Dr David Roesner & Professor Roberta Montemorra Marvin

As the complicated relationship between music and theatre has evolved and changed in the modern and postmodern periods, music has continued to be immensely influential in key developments of theatrical practices....


The Wagner Clan: The Saga of Germany's Most Illustrious and Infamous Family

by Jonathan Carr

An Economist Best Book of 2007, Jonathan Carr’s The Wagner Clan proves, with the sweeping scope of a Wagnerian opera, that the history of Europe and that of the infamous composer’s family are inextricably...


Lifting My Voice: A Memoir

by Barbara Hendricks & Kofi A. Annan

Growing up African American in segregated Arkansas in the 1950s, Barbara Hendricks witnessed firsthand the painful struggle for civil rights. After graduation from the Juilliard School of Music, Hendricks immediately...


Staging Scenes from the Operas of Mozart: A Guide for Teachers and Singers

by William Ferrara & Martha Ferrara

In Staging Scenes from the Operas of Mozart: A Guide for Teachers and Singers, opera director William Ferrara offers the perfect resource for the dramatic preparation of opera scenes for directors and student...


Stand Up Straight and Sing!

by Jessye Norman

One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from the segregated south to the world's greatest stages.


Rackham's Color Illustrations for Wagner's "Ring"

by Arthur Rackham & James Spero

This edition of Rackham's images, widely regarded as the greatest representations of Wagner's drama, comprises 64 full-page color illustrations and 9 vignettes from Siegfried, The Twilight of the Gods, The Rhinegold,...


Twenty-Three Opera Arias for Sopranos

by Henry Krehbiel & Roelof Oostwoud

Rich selection spans the dawn of Italian opera through the late 19th century. Featured composers include Caccini, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, and many others. Original lyrics with separate...


George Frideric Handel

by Paul Henry Lang

Exceptionally full, detailed study of the man, his music and times. Childhood, music training, years in London; analysis of Messiah and other works; much more. Introduction. Includes 35 illustrations.


The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide

by Alissa Deeter & Robert Peavler

The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc is the first work to contain the complete collection of Poulenc mélodies, providing IPA transcriptions and word-for-word translations in an easy reference format. Also included...


Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

by Castles-Onion

The world of opera is a mystery to some and a comedy to others, but it is deadly serious to the people who live and breathe it. Opera conductor Brian Castles-Onion has seen opera from all sides and has decided...


Masters of the French Art Song: Translations of the Complete Songs of Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Faure, and Ravel

by Timothy LeVan

Now in Paper! An invaluable reference text for singers, teachers, and vocal and operatic coaches, this volume contains the complete song texts of the songs for voice and piano by Chausson, Debussy, Duparc, Faure,...


Bringing Soprano Arias to Life

by Boris Goldovsky & Arthur Schoep

New in Paperback! This book supplies a soprano with nearly everything she may need to perform the operatic arias discussed. The 28 arias included are chosen from among those that are more popular and most widely...


Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

by Philip Kitcher

Published in 1913, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice is one of the most widely read novellas in any language. In the 1970s, Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera, and Luchino Visconti turned it into a successful...