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    This is a gift, and I'm just reading it. Good stuff, but only recommended for people very interested in singers from the (distant) past.

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    I'm reading Pavarotti's quasi-autobiography. It includes chapters written by other people that he knew and worked with and they are varied in quality, but these written by Pavarotti himself are always interesting, informative and fun to read.

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    Nice book, that can be a good start point to explore the greatest singers of the past.

  4. #64
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    This is a book about one specific vocality, that is also called 'soprano sfogato' or 'drammatica d'agilitÓ'... It's a voice that needs to come strong at both ends of the tessitura, and even perform some coloratura. Though the title of the book is "The assoluta voice in Opera", in Italian the right term is 'il soprano assoluto'.

    Mr. Riggs selects nine roles and then proceeds to explore them: Medea, Armida, Rezia, Anna Bolena, Norma, Gemma di Vergy, Elisabetta (from Roberto Devereux), Abigaille and Lady MacBeth.

    Interesting stuff, even if one doesn't necessarily agree with everything being said in the book.

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    This is not specifically just for operatic singing, but was still recommended by Opera America.
    Apparently it is a good guide for those who want to approach a career in singing.



    Available from Amazon.com, click here. $15.59
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    The Opera Fanatic - Claudio E. Benzecry



    Funny

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    Is this the one about the public of the Colˇn in Buenos Aires?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Yes.

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    I read this one some months ago.

    It's a nice introduction to French Opera, though perhaps the title should has been: French Opera: A (very) Short History.

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    Interesting and insightful views from composer Luigi Dallapiccola. In fact, "traditional" Opera fans will find this book much more enjoyable than Dallapiccola's own operas.

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    This is an interesting book, for lovers of Italian early 19th century Opera (i.e., what we normally call Bel Canto Opera).

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    Great book on the second half of 20th century's classical music. Not centered on opera, but very good reading:


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    Wagner and the Romantic Hero by Simon Williams


    This is one my favorite books. includes lengthy background on the heroes and anti-heroes of antique poetry and drama, religious texts, various folklore, Romanticism and some late-enlightenment. then discusses Wagner's place among it all and his contributions. Sort of like a Joseph Campbell for Opera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post


    A solid and well researched, but a little bit dreary, book.
    this sounds awesome!

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    Well, is not that exciting, really.

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