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Verdi With A Vengeance : Vintage Originals - William Berger

Verdi With A Vengeance

Vintage Originals

Paperback Published: 12th September 2000
ISBN: 9780375705182
Number Of Pages: 510

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Everything you could possibly know about Verdi and his operas, from the brilliant and humorous author of Wagner Without Fear.

If you want to know why La traviata was actually a flop at its premiere in 1853, it's in here.  If you want to know why claiming to have heard Bjorling's Chicago performance of Il trovatore is the classic opera fan faux pas, it's in here.  Even if you just want to know how to pronounce Aida, or what the plot of Rigoletto is all about, this is the place to look.  From the composer's intense hatred of priests to synopses of the operas and a detailed discography of the best recordings to buy, it can all be found in Verdi with a Vengeance.  William Berger has given another improbable performance, serving up a book as thorough as it is funny and as original as it is astute, an utterly indispensable guide for novice and expert alike.

Industry Reviews

Praise for William Berger's Wagner Without Fear "An engaging guide."--The New Yorker

"Witty, knowledgeable, iconoclastic, and emphatically nonacademic...with a down-to-earth, gossipy approach that belies a keen intelligence.... Often outrageously funny."--Library Journal

(Re)introducing Verdi
Introduction: With a ... Vengeance?p. 3
The Art of Italian Operap. 12
The Life and Times of Giuseppe Verdip. 21
Map of Verdi's Italyp. 74
The Operas
Oberto, conte di San Bonifaciop. 77
Un giorno di regnop. 82
Nabuccop. 88
I lombardi alla prima crociatap. 98
Ernanip. 110
I due Foscarip. 120
Giovanna d'Arcop. 131
Alzirap. 140
Attilap. 146
Macbethp. 156
I masnadierip. 168
Il corsarop. 178
La battaglia di Legnanop. 184
Luisa Millerp. 194
Stiffeliop. 203
Rigolettop. 215
Il trovatorep. 235
La traviatap. 252
I vespri sicilianip. 273
Simon Boccanegrap. 286
Un ballo in mascherap. 300
La forza del destinop. 314
Don Carlosp. 333
Aidap. 361
The Requiemp. 379
Otellop. 391
Falstaffp. 413
Exploring Verdi
Verdi Recordingsp. 431
Productions: What You Might Expect to Seep. 449
Verdi in Printp. 459
Verdi Filmsp. 464
Glossaryp. 475
Acknowledgmentsp. 481
Indexp. 483
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780375705182
ISBN-10: 037570518X
Series: Vintage Originals
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 510
Published: 12th September 2000
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated

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