- Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Booksales Inc Remainders (Januar 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0785817360
- ISBN-13: 978-0785817369
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,2 x 15 x 2,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.810.585 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Who's Afraid of Opera? (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Januar 2004
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A guide for the intimidated defines opera, provides a brief history from Renaissance Italy to The Who's "Tommy," discusses how to listen to an opera, and lists a basic repertoire. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
For anyone who has been intimidated, overwhelmed, or just plain confused by what they think opera is, Who's Afraid of Opera? offers a lively, readable, and frankly biased guide to what author Michael Walsh describes as "the greatest art form yet invented by humankind". From opera's origins in Renaissance Italy to the Who's Tommy and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, Walsh explores what opera is - and what it's not; which is more important - the words or the music?; why does it take Tristan so long to die?; a (Not Quite) Totally Arbitrary Basic Repertoire; and what makes a great singer. So curtain up! It's time to settle into your seat, close up your program, and watch the house lights go down. And get ready for the musical ride of your lives. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
I'm an opera "newbie" who is interested in opera but didn't know where to start. I had not been tempted to read other books about opera that for the most part seemed dry and impenetrable. Michael Walsh's book, on the other hand, was more like having an extended and animated conversation about opera over dinner or while walking along with a friend. In fact, until I had finished the book, I treated it as such, taking it with me everywhere, like a companion, and was eager to read it when I had a spare moment.
Michael Walsh is indeed opinionated, but that is part of why I was so stimulated by this book. It made me want to go out and see/listen to the same operas he discusses--to determine if I agreed with his opinions! Whether I agreed with him or not, I was consistently entertained by this book and would recommend it to anyone as a good "starter" book to the world of opera! In "Who's Afraid of Opera" Michael Walsh will both irritate and delight you, as anyone worth talking to should.