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30-Second Opera : 50 Crucial Concepts, Roles and Performers, Each Explained in Half a Minute - Hugo Shirley

30-Second Opera

50 Crucial Concepts, Roles and Performers, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Paperback Published: 1st April 2019
ISBN: 9781782407560
Number Of Pages: 160

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30-Second Opera raises the curtain so that anyone can enjoy opera, classical or contemporary, without the elitism. Compiled by opera buffs, not the bourgeoisie, it serves up all you need to enjoy the spectacle, the music, and above all the voices - from Farinelli to femme fatale.

Live operatic performance was once part of popular culture yet in modern times it has become caricatured as exclusive, overwhelming and, often, very very long. 30-Second Opera raises the curtain so that anyone can enjoy opera, classical or contemporary, without the elitism. Compiled by opera buffs, not the bourgeoisie, it serves up all you need to enjoy the spectacle, the music, and above all the voices - from Farinelli to femme fatale.

About the Author

Hugo Shirley is Opera Critic of The Spectator, a Deputy Editor of Opera Magazine and a critic for Gramophone and writes widely on music and opera. Having received his PhD from King's College London in 2011, he also maintains a profile in musicology as an Early Career Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and has published work in the Cambridge Opera Journal, The Journal of the Royal Musical Association and Music & Letters.

BUILDING BLOCKS

Libretto Score
Opera House Stars Profile: Farinelli Orchestra
Conductor Staging

WORDS & MUSIC

Overture
Aria
Recitative Chorus
Profile: Jenny Lind
Ensemble

HISTORY

Beginnings
Baroque
Classical
Romantic
Late nineteenth century
Twentieth century
Profile: Enrico Caruso
Twenty-first century

GENRES

Opera Seria
Opera Buffa
Bel Canto Grand Opra
Profile: Feodor Chaliapin
Opera with Dialogue
Music Drama
Verismo

KEY COMPOSERS

Monteverdi
Handel
Mozart
Rossini
Verdi
Wagner
Bizet
Tchaikovsky
Puccini
Profile: Maria Callas
Strauss
Janacek
Britten

VOICES

Soprano
Mezzo/Contralto
Counter Tenor
Profile: Placido Domingo
Tenor Baritone/Bass-baritone
Bass

CHARACTERS

Angel? Femme fatale
Profile: Joyce DiDonato
Hero
Rival
Buffoon
Gods & monsters?

Resources
Notes on Contributors
Index
Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9781782407560
ISBN-10: 1782407561
Series: 30 Second
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st April 2019
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.32

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