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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Foreword. Introduction. PART I: Larger Than Life. Chapter 1: Curtain Up! Chapter 2: The Libretto's the Thing. Chapter 3: The Score's the Other Thing. Chapter 4: Opera Singers and Their Equipment. PART II: The Story of Opera. Chapter 5: A Little Greece, a Little Italy. Chapter 6: The French Connection. Chapter 7: English Channels. Chapter 8: Opera with a German Accent. Chapter 9: The Russian Evolution -- and the American Way. PART III: A Night at the Opera. Chapter 10: How to Go to an Opera. Chapter 11: A Spin through Your Free CD. Intermission: Backstage Tour. PART IV: A Guide to the World's Most Beloved Operas. Chapter 12: The 50 Big Kahunas. Chapter 13: The Best of the Rest. PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 14: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Opera. Chapter 15: The Ten Best Opera Terms for Cocktail Parties. Chapter 16: Ten Great Opera Jokes. Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep Discovering Opera Forever. PART VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Getting Started. Appendix B: Opera Timeline. Appendix C: Glossary. Index. N° de ref. de la librería

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Sinopsis: “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.

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.

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