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A History of Opera Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries? Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this question in their “effervescent, witty” Die Welt, Germany retelling of the history of opera, examining its development, the musical and dramatic means by which it communicates, and its role in society Now with an expanded examination of opera as an institution in the twentyfirst century, this “lucid and sweeping” Boston Globe narrative explores the tensions that have sustained opera over four hundred years: between words and music, character and singer, inattention and absorption Abbate and Parker argue that, though the genre’s most popular and enduring works were almost all written in a distant European past, opera continues to change the viewer— physically, emotionally, intellectually—with its enduring power


10 thoughts on “A History of Opera

  1. says:

    This book manages to rather fail on a lot of levels. As a straight-forward introduction to the magnificent messy beast that is 4 centuries of opera, it really fails, it’s meandering, it gets caught up in navel-gazy circlejerks in the middle of historical narratives that would annoy any first-time opera history reader, it devotes l


  2. says:

    Pretty much to go-to for opera fans or those who, like me, often scratch their heads with a whafuck?! whenever the genre is mentioned within earshot.
    Knowing little of opera, I was fully prepared to have my mind changed and every musical value I have to be challenged, theologically and philosophically. The two authors do the gen


  3. says:

    Before records or radio, you bought transcriptions which you played with friends or alone on piano. The opera La Traviata alone had a whopping 400 known transcriptions of different excerpts published. As a Lord of the Rings fan, I read that in a Wagner opera “a magic ring was forged and cursed; that Siegfried won the ring in mortal


  4. says:

    Early assessment. These two people are not gifted writers. They leave too much of the verbal underbrush that is common in academic writing: weak sentences that purport to convey authority. E.g. The important thing to notice here is...

    Their ideas are interesting; it's too bad they don't have confidence in them.

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  5. says:

    I should probably put this on the abandoned shelf, as I barely made it 2/3s through (and it took 12 months to get that far), but I've spent enough time on it that I feel I can make enough of a judgement.

    This is, unfortunately, a bit of a slog. I felt continually disappointed at how many hours I was putting into it and barley


  6. says:

    If you already know a lot about opera this is not the book for you, but if you are still in the learning process this book is good option. It has some pretty boring section, that I wish I could just skip, especially on the operas of the twentieth century. The writers are experts on 19th century opera that is easy to notice, since they sp


  7. says:

    A very engaging overview of opera for a novice opera lover like myself. I came away with a better understanding of the few operas I have seen so far, and -- even better -- notes on many operas that this book introduced me to that are now on my must-see list.


  8. says:

    This is an intelligent, well-penned survey of opera of the last 400 years from its beginnings from Monteverdi to the present times, with one important caveat--it really is (still) too short at 567 pages to be comprehensive. Ideally the book should be at least 150 pages longer. Absent for example is an in-depth study of baroque opera seria


  9. says:

    I enjoyed this history very much. My intentions were to get a basic feel for the development of opera and to learn more about its key proponents. My favorite chapters were probably the ones addressing Monteverdi, Verdi, and Wagner. Admittedly some of it can get tough to get through; for example taking sidetracks into the depths of one parti


  10. says:

    Brilliant, informative, passionate, in precise language. This book is a real treat for every music lover. You have to have some stamina though to go through 567 pages but they are worth the effort. It is available in a very good german translation as well but you should enjoy the original, the authors try and succeed not to become stuffy alt


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