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OPERA

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INSIGHTS FROM A GIRL WITHOUT SIGHT
Written by LAURIE RUBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Triangle Square

On Sale: 10/23/2012

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80424-4

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle school student to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and...

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PARTICIPATORY ART AND THE POLITICS OF SPECTATORSHIP
Written by CLAIRE BISHOP

Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/24/2012

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-844-67690-3

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon...

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Written by JOSEPH KERMAN

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 04/08/2008

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17265-0

The death of classical music, the distinguished critic and musicologist Joseph Kerman declares, is “a tired, vacuous concept that will not die.” In this wide-ranging collection of essays and reviews, Kerman examines the ongoing vitality of the classical music tradition, from the days of Guillaume Dufay, John Taverner, and William Byrd to contemporary operas by Philip Glass and John Adams.

Here are enlightening investigations of the lives and works of the greatest composers: Bach and his...

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MY RISE AND REIGN AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/09/2007

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-09675-6

A fascinating, anecdote-filled behind-the-scenes look at more than forty years of the highlights, successes, and day-to-day inner workings—all about productions, the divas, and backstage dramas—of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, by Joseph Volpe, the only general manager to have risen through the ranks.

This book is the story of Volpe’s years leading up to those at the Met, from his first job as a stagehand at the Morosco Theater to the odd jobs he picked up moonlighting: setting up a...

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A REFRESHING REASSESSMENT OF THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR COMPOSER
Written by WILLIAM BERGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/08/2005

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-07778-6

Puccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world: one quarter of all opera performances in the U.S. are of his operas, his music pervades movie soundtracks, and his plots have infiltrated our popular culture. But, although Puccini’s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as Tosca, La Bohème, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has long been a victim of critical snobbery and cultural marginalization.
In this witty and informative guide for beginners and...

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THE MAYHEM BEHIND THE MUISC AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
Written by JOHANNA FIEDLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/09/2003

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-03231-0

If the opera world is full of “intrigue, double meanings, and devious dramatics,” then no place exemplifies this more than the world-famous Metropolitan Opera, where politics, ambition, and oversized egos have traditionally taken center stage along with some of the world’s richest music. Drawing on her fifteen years as its press representative, Johanna Fiedler explodes the traditional secrecy that surrounds the Met in this wonderfully entertaining account of its tumuluous history.

Fiedler...

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AN ENERGETIC GUIDE TO THE LIFE AND COMPLETE WORKS OF THE KING OF OPERA
Written by WILLIAM BERGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/12/2000

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-70518-2

Discover the world of the most popular opera composer of all time: entombed lovers (Aida), tragic courtesans (La Traviata), Shakespearean heroes (Otello and Macbeth), and even Attila the Hun (Attila) populate Verdi's operas, and this introductory guide shows us why Verdi's music is coming back--"with a vengeance."

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....

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BACKSTAGE AT THE OPERA WITH CECILIA BARTOLI
Written by MANUELA HOELTERHOFF

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/05/1999

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-70712-4

A wickedly funny look at opera today—he feuds and deals, maestros and managers, divine voices and outsized egos—and a portrait of the opera world's newest superstar at a formative point in her life and career.

        In Cinderella & Company, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manuela Hoelterhoff takes us on a two-year trip on the circuit with Cecilia Bartoli, the young mezzo-soprano who has captured an adoring public around the world.

        Rossini's Cenerentola is Bartoli's signature role,...

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THE ACTOR'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO TODAY'S TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS
Written by LAURA THUDIUM

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 04/01/1999

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-823-08839-3

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or anywhere else, this is the best all-purpose "how-to" guide to makeup for the theater. Besides period makeup, age makeup, and special-effects applications, the...

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THE LIVES & ADVENTURES OF AMERICA'S GREAT SINGERS IN OPERA & CONCERT FROM 1825 TO THE PRESENT
Edited by PETER G. DAVIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/16/1999

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-42174-4

In America today, opera has never been more popular, and one reason for this is, no doubt, that American opera singers are fixtures on every leading opera stage throughout the world. In this lively and engrossing account, Peter G. Davis, music critic for New York magazine and a leading opera authority, tells the story of how these plucky, resilient and supremely talented American singers have transformed this venerable European-born art form and made it their own.

Starting with opera's...

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LEARNING TO LOVE--AND EVEN ENJOY--OPERA'S MOST DEMANDING GENIUS
Written by WILLIAM BERGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/29/1998

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-70054-5

William Berger is the most helpful guide one could hope to find for navigating the strange and beautiful world of the most controversial artist who ever lived. He tells you all you need to know—from story lines to historical background;from the Jewish legend that possibly inspired Lohengrin to the tragic death of the first Tristan. Funny, informative, and always a pleasure to read, Wagner Without Fear proves that the art of Wagner can be accessible to everyone.

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AN IRREVERENT GUIDE TO THE PLOTS, THE SINGERS, THE COMPOSERS, THE RECORDINGS
Written by DENIS FORMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 09/01/1998

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-75176-9

With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera—its structure, composers, conductors, and artists—in this hugely informative guide.

A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are "worth looking out for," "really...

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