A History of Opera (Paperback)

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A History of Opera (Paperback)
By Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker

A History of Opera is an exploration of opera’s fundamental nature and enduring appeal, from the Sixteenth century to the present. This book provokes in-depth discussions of many works by the greatest opera composers, from Monteverdi, Handel, and Mozart to Verdi and Wagner, to Strauss, Puccini, Berg, and Britten. There are lively discussions of opera’s social, political, and literary backgrounds, its economic circumstances; Central to the book is an exploration of the tensions—between words and music, character and singer—that have always sustained and enlivened opera.

“This book is not only a total delight to read, but its insights are so varied, its arguments so wonderfully precise and unpredictable, its prose so generous and engaging, that it is an utter delight to re-read.” –David J. Levin, Executive Editor, Opera Quarterly

A revealing genealogy of a living tradition that will speak vividly to those who continue to fall for opera’s mad charms, and entice those who might be about to.” – Christopher Morris, author of Reading Opera Between the Lines


  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition (September 8, 2015)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 2 inches


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