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Roland Hayes

by Robert Sims, Christopher A. Brooks, George Shirley & Simon Estes

Performing in a country rife with racism and segregation, the tenor Roland Hayes was the first African American man to reach international fame as a concert performer and one of the few artists who could sell...

Carl Maria von Weber

by Joseph E. Morgan

Despite its enormous popularity throughout the nineteenth century, Weber’s swan song, Oberon, has remained separate from the mainstream thrust of our modern understanding of German Romantic opera. In Carl...

Operas in English

by Margaret Ross Griffel

Although many opera dictionaries and encyclopedias are available, very few are devoted exclusively to operas in a single language. In this revised and expanded edition of Operas in English: A Dictionary, Margaret...

Staging Scenes from the Operas of Mozart

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...

Opera at the Bandstand

by George W. Martin

In Opera at the Bandstand: Then and Now, George W. Martin surveys the role of concert bands during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in making contemporary opera popular. He also chronicles how in...

Masters of the French Art Song

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...

The Opera Manual

by Nicholas Ivor Martin

You are getting ready for a performance of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and you have a few questions. How many clarinets are in the orchestra? How many orchestra members appear onstage? How many different...

Italian Opera Houses and Festivals

by Karyl Charna Lynn & Martin Stiglio

Italian Opera in the 18th and 19th centuries was an experience unequaled anywhere else in the world. The unique emotion, flavor, and passion that existed have yet to be attained in any other country. Opera houses...

Verdi and Puccini Heroines

by Geoffrey Edwards & Ryan Edwards

New in paperback! This book comes at a time when opera-lovers, singers, directors, and critics alike are taking a new look at the dramatic soprano heroines created by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, endeavoring...


by Konrad Dryden & Plácido Domingo

Leoncavallo: Life and Works is the first fully documented biography of the beloved and popular composer Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919), whose credits include Pagliacci and the operatic works Chatterton, Der...

Historical Dictionary of Opera

by Scott L. Balthazar

Opera has been around ever since the late 16th century, and it is still going strong in the sense that operas are performed around the world at present, and known by infinitely more persons than just those who...

The Zarzuela Companion

by Christopher Webber & Plácido Domingo

It has been said that zarzuela means to Spain what operetta means to Vienna, Offenbach to Paris, Gilbert and Sullivan to London, and the musical to Broadway. Zarzuela is Spain's unique contribution to lyric...

Giacomo Puccini

by Roger Flury

Opera recordings have been with us since the creation of the first wax cylinders. Now at a time when the 25-year reign of the compact disc appears to be coming to an end is the moment to take stock of the history...

Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors

by Dan H. Marek

Giovanni Battista Rubini (1794-1854) was a legendary tenor and the first 19th-century non-castrati male singer to become an international star of opera. The previous two centuries had been the era of the castrati,...

The Bjorling Sound

by Stephen Hastings

A half century after his death in 1960, Swedish tenor Jussi Björling remains one of the most beloved singers in the world. He spent forty-five of his forty-nine years performing in public, rapidly conquering...

Rusalka: A Performance Guide with Translations and Pronunciation

by Timothy Cheek

Known worldwide as a composer of symphonies and chamber music, Czech composer Antonín Dvorák declared toward the end of his life that his main love was writing operas. Written in 1900 at the height of Dvorák’s...

Theology of Wagner’s Ring Cycle II

by Richard H. Bell

Wagner's Ring addresses fundamental concerns that have faced humanity down the centuries, such as power and violence, love and death, freedom and fate. Further, the work seems particularly relevant today, addressing...

Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater

by Nina Penner

Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater is the first systematic exploration of how sung forms of drama tell stories. Through examples from opera's origins to contemporary musicals, Nina Penner examines the...

Olivier Messiaen's Opera, <I>Saint Francois d'Assise</I>

by Vincent Perez Benitez

In this comprehensive study of Olivier Messiaen's magnum opus, Saint François d'Assise, Vincent Perez Benitez examines the opera from both theological and musical-analytical perspectives to ask how Messiaen...