Birth of an Opera: Fifteen Masterpieces from Poppea to Wozzeck
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Title: Birth of an Opera: Fifteen Masterpieces from Poppea to Wozzeck Author: ROSE MICHAEL Format: HARDCOVER Imprint: NORTON Price: $17.95 Publishing status: Active
The author of Berlioz Remembered and co-author of Words about Music as well as a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Michael Rose here presents a companion to his long-running BBC Radio series The Birth of an Opera. He offers illuminating insight into how operas are written, re-creating for readers the circumstances that gave rise to 15 operatic milestones and placing each one firmly in the context of the composer's life. We find Mozart with a new and flamboyant librettist tackling the risky enterprise of Le Nozze di Figaro; Wagner confessing his hidden love for the woman who inspires him as he creates the passionate drama of Tristan und Isolde; and Debussy coming almost literally to blows with Maeterlinck over the soprano to take the leading role in Pelléas et Mélisande.
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