Opera

Pages: 176
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld

Opera

A Beginner's Guide

Alexandra Wilson

Opera is often dismissed as outdated and excessive, and perceived to be characterised by excessive passions, sumptuous costumes, and ill-mannered divas. Revealing the diverse reasons behind opera's lasting appeal, this title introduces the agendas that have governed its composition, production and reception over the last four centuries.
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9781851687336 (1 Jun 2010)
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The Book

Opera is often dismissed as outdated and excessive, and perceived to be characterised by excessive passions, sumptuous costumes, and ill-mannered divas. In reality, however, operas address the most fundamental and universal of human concerns - love, death, jealousy, greed, and power. Revealing the diverse reasons behind opera's lasting appeal, opera champion and expert Alexandra Wilson provides a lucid and engaging introduction to the agendas that have governed its composition, production and reception over the last four centuries, and explains the reasons behind its enduring appeal.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Alexandra Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Oxford Brookes University. Passionate about bringing opera to a wider audience, she regularly presents broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and is a reviewer for Opera magazine.