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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 (and listening to) the voice in the musical worlds of Europe, North America and beyond. As...


Opera: A Beginner's Guide

by Alexandra Wilson

Opera is often perceived to be characterised by excessive passions, sumptuous costumes, lavish sets, and ill-mannered divas. In reality, operas address the most fundamental and universal human concerns – love,...


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 David Roesner

Music continues to be immensely influential in key developments of theatrical practices. In this study of musicality in the theatre, David Roesner offers a revised view of the nature of the relationship between...


Opera for Everybody

by Susie Gilbert

Susie Gilbert traces the development of ENO from its earliest origins in the darkest Victorian slums of the Cut, where it was conceived as a vehicle of social reform, through two world wars, and via Sadler's...


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...


Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives

by Martin Dowling

These essays investigate the relation of traditional music to Irish modernity. The author integrates a survey of the early sources of Irish music with recent work on Irish social history in the eighteenth century...


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. 


Let's Go to The Grand!: 100 Years of Entertainment at London's Grand Theatre

by Sheila M.F. Johnston

This lavishly illustrated book lovingly documents 100 years in the life of the Grand Theatre of London, Ontario, which opened in 1901.


Jan Rubes: A Man of Many Talents

by Ezra Schabas

Jan Rubes, a leading performer and director, emigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1949 and became an important part of the history of the performing arts in Canada.


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...