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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    This is pretty much my small opera library - I hope to grow it:











    And from the same series of audiobooks of this last one, The Operas of Verdi, How To Listen to and Understand Classical Music, and The Elements of Music.

    That's it. Need more.

    By the way, I'll move this thread to Educational Threads. It's good for people to see all these books quoted in the various posts and go get them.
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    This is pretty much my small opera library
    Small? I have *one*!

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    This makes for an interesting reading, though there is nothing inside that will surprise a seasoned opera-goer:


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    This is a very useful tool, and a nice companion to explore Opera:


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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    Yes, I always wanted it, but it's expensive, I always had some other priority ahead of it. At some point I'll take the plunge.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A very good biography of the Italian soprano (of Jewish origin, born in Białystok), a great favourite of the Chicago Opera in the 1920s and 1930s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    This is a very useful tool, and a nice companion to explore Opera:

    Schigolch, I know that this one has many more operas, like 1,800. The same publishers/authors have published an abridged edition with only 270 operas (which I own and like). But is each entry for each of those 270 operas more extensive in the complete book than the entries for the same operas that exist in the abridged editon, or are they exactly the same? Because if they are the same, it would be an obstacle for deciding to buy the complete edition in 4 volumes (which costs ten times more) since it is much more likely that I'll consult the entries about the 270 most important operas than the other 1,530.

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I haven't read the abridged version, so I don't know. But in the standard edition there are many more things than only operas: singers, composers, conductors, cities, periods, styles,...

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    Nothing very new or exciting here, but a nice reading for the Opera aficionado.

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    A good biography of the great American singer.

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    Interesting stuff on Salieri, and 18th century opera in Vienna:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    This is one that I have so far refrained from buying, because I read some bad reviews. What do you think of it?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    This is one that I have so far refrained from buying, because I read some bad reviews. What do you think of it?
    I found it deadly dull. Too much stuff about admin, not enough about productions.
    Natalie

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    It's rather dull, right.

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