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The Joy of Opera

by Nigel Douglas

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Nigel Douglas, one of the most versatile figures in international opera, has produced an excellent and illuminating book for all lovers of this extravagant, enthralling art form. Ranging across several continents and as many centuries, this lavish volume begins with the prima donna and her male counterpart, examining the lives of some of opera's most colourful performers. Douglas also provides lively commentary on the filming and recording of opera; controversial directors; venues both fabulous and not; the pleasures and pitfalls of the singing life; and those quintessentially operatic topics: drink and seduction.
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Nigel Douglas, one of the most versatile figures in international opera, has produced the perfect book for all lovers of this extravagant, enthralling art form. Ranging across several continents and as many centuries, this lavish volume begins with the prima donna and her male counterpart, examining the lives of some of opera’s most colorful performers. Douglas also provides lively commentary on the filming and recording of opera, controversial directors, venues both fabulous and not, the pleasures and pitfalls of the singing life, and those quintessentially operatic topics: drink and seduction. Boldly mixing musical history, biography, gossip, and anecdote, Nigel Douglas has brilliantly captured the pleasures of opera.

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Publisher's description: This guide for opera lovers ranges from prima donnas (female) to prima donnas (male), via opera houses, opera and alcohol, opera and the cinema to the directors--great and not so great--and conductors-- majestic and not so majestic. Nigel Douglas, one of the most versatile figures in international opera, has produced the perfect book for all lovers of this extravagant, enthralling art form.… (more)

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