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100 Great Operas and Their Stories by Henry…

100 Great Operas and Their Stories (1957)

by Henry W. Simon

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Good summaries of many popular and less well-known operas. ( )
  castiron | May 10, 2013 |
They presented the operas like short stories. Not alot of background on when first shown, who sang and why like in other books I have. Just easy to read and understand story lines act by act. ( )
  LA12Hernandez | Dec 10, 2008 |
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Every one of the stories in this book is-or, at least, once was good.
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This is an abridged edition of the author's Festival of opera. Please do not combine with the full edition. Thank you.
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An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background, and much more.

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Contains act-by-act descriptions of 100 operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century to modern classics.

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