David Pogue; Scott Speck Opera For Dummies

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Opera For Dummies

 
9780764550102: Opera For Dummies

“Pogue is a wonderful teacher... He can teach anybody.”
— Gay Talese, bestselling author of Honor Thy Father

“Scott Speck is a great communicator of classical music.... Concert audiences and readers alike can’t help getting caught up in the joy of his subject.”
— David Styers, American Symphony Orchestra League

Opera is weird. Everybody wears makeup and sings all the time. Even when they’re singing your language, which is rare, you still can’t understand the words. Women play men, men play women, and 45-year-olds play teenagers. All the main characters seem to get killed off. And when somebody dies, he takes ten minutes to sing about it. Yet, for all its weirdness, an operatic experience is an experience in breathtaking beauty. When you hear a soprano float a soft high C, or a tenor singing a love song, or a full-throated chorus in the climax of a scene’s dramatic finale, you can’t help getting goosebumps.

Want to experience all that beauty for yourself, but don’t know where to begin? Opera For Dummies is an excellent place to start. Written by an acclaimed conductor and a musical director, this friendly guide tells you what you need to know to:

  • Understand opera from the Baroque and Roman periods through today
  • Interpret characters, orchestra, chorus, and other players
  • Understand what’s happening, both on stage and off
  • Choose the best seats
  • Identify famous operas
  • Build a great collection of opera recordings
  • Locate opera sites and chat groups online

Whether you’re interested in attending a live opera, want to build a collection of recordings, or just want to be able to talk about opera intelligently, Opera For Dummies is for you. Among other things, you’ll explore:

  • The words, the music, and the people who sing it
  • The history of opera and the lives of the great composers
  • Going to the opera — including tips for getting tickets, preparing for the opera, dressing for the opera, and more
  • Musical and theatrical conventions used in opera
  • In-depth synopses of the world’s most beloved operas

On the bonus CD you’ll find:

  • More than 60 minutes of music compiled especially for the book
  • A multimedia piece for PC or MAC

Wonder what it is about opera that can make a grown person cry like a baby? Find out in Opera For Dummies.

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Review:

Opera is growing--in the size of its audience, in the number of companies, in general interest--and is attracting a lot of attention among younger, more visually oriented people. But opera can be intimidating to the uninitiated: it's sung in foreign languages and has odd little customs (such as women singing the parts of young boys, and hefty middle-aged singers portraying teenaged lovers) that may be disconcerting at first. But opera needn't be at all intimidating, thanks to the miracle of supertitles (like subtitles, but projected above the stage), the advent of generations of singers who work at staying in shape, and the appearance of reference works like Opera for Dummies that are designed to remove the snobbery and mystery from opera. If you don't mind the flippant tone, IDG Books' Opera for Dummies makes an excellent guide for those who are new to this splendid art form. All of opera's details are explained clearly and without pretension; there's a lot of useful information packed into its 358 pages. The package includes an enhanced compact disc (listen to it in your stereo's CD player or in your computer's CD-ROM drive), with more than an hour of operatic excerpts from classic EMI releases. The illustrations, while not lavish, are adequate.

There are, however, a few glaring errors in this book that demand correction: Scott Speck and David Pogue confuse the opera chorus with the supers (the "extras" who march in armies, wait on tables, and never, ever sing), and--even worse--maintain that soloists and choristers are two entirely separate breeds. In fact, there's not a soloist alive who has never done chorus work--and choristers frequently do solo work as well. These are rather foolish mistakes for a pair of acclaimed experts to make in a book that wants to be taken as a basic guide to opera.

From the Back Cover:

"Pogue is a wonderful teacher. . . . He can teach anybody."
—Gay Talese, bestselling author of Honor Thy Father

Includes lively summaries of 74 popular operas

"Scott Speck is a great communicator of classical music."
—David Styers, American Symphony Orchestra League

If you think opera is only for snobs, think again! This friendly guide brings opera down to earth, demystifying opera-speak, walking you through opera’s greatest hits, and explaining what all the fuss is really about –unforgettable tunes, racy plots, eye-popping spectacles, and fat ladies singing their hearts out.

Discover:

  • Opera lingo explained in plain English
  • Opera’s top sopranos and tenors
  • The story of opera over the centuries
  • Fascinating summaries of famous operas
  • Tips on attending an opera

All this on the enhanced audio CD:

  • 60 minutes of opera highlights, including excerpts from EMI Recordings of . . .
    Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s A Masked Ball, Puccini’s La Bohème, Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, and Bizet’s Carmen
  • Interactive features, including a history of opera with pictures and an excerpt from a Verdi score that you can follow as the music plays

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