I've read it and enjoyed it. I think one of the critics' complaints is that they rather dismiss the whole of contemporary opera.
I, of course, didn't much notice...
A really good book is the one written by Joseph Volpe about his time as GM of the Met!
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I'm curious to know what are the points you disagree with, though.
This is very nice, but very abstract. It isn't properly about opera, but rather a reconception of sound and music, as an event more so than an object, through a handful of contemporary classical vocal pieces that to a greater or lesser extent do not conform to our naturalised notion of music and sound. I work capturing sound for cinema, which naturally makes me very attracted to and concerned about the voice since 90% of the work is listening to and recording voices, and the book as a whole was very revealing to me. Some of it also enlightens my academic research about the connections of opera and melodrama as an audiovisual genre, which are apparently opposites — melodrama is the failure of the voice when confronted with emotions while opera is its triumph — but conjoin in the sense that both, in their climaxes, are the dissolution of speech.
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Has anyone read this? Interesting book on the man and gives an insight into some of the musical politics at La Scala and record labels post war as well.
Oh I don't know about this...