Music & Dance - Opera


  • 'On My Way': The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess

    By Joseph Horowitz

    Our Price: $10.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393240139
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: July 2013
    A forgotten master of American musical theater, Rouben Mamoulian directed the original production of Porgy and Bess, the opera that catapulted his career and led to both successes and failures. Culling newly released information from the Mamoulian Archives at the Library of Congress, Joseph Horowitz shows that, more than any other individual, Mamoulian transformed DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novella, Porgy, from a quasi-realistic regional cameo into an epic theater work about suffering and redemption. In vividly rendered scenes of sound and movement, “On My Way” transports readers to the rehearsals and performances that Mamoulian singularly reconceived and choreographed, and the laudatory or scathing reviews that followed. Part history and part biography, “On My Way” re-creates Mamoulian’s unique directorial style on stage and screen, his collaboration with musical genius George Gershwin, and the opera that changed the face of American musical life.
  • 100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses

    By Henry W. Simon

    Our Price: $5.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385054485
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: May 1989
    Act-by-act summaries of one hundred outstanding operas accompany notes on their production, arias, and literary background
  • 5000 Nights at the Opera

    By Rudolf Bing

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385092593
    • Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
    • Published: 1972
    The memoirs of Sir Rudolf Bing.
  • Acts: The Autobiography of Wolfgang Wagner

    By Wolfgang Wagner

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780297813491
    • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    • Published: July 1995
  • After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from Parsifal to Nono

    By Mark Berry

    Our Price: $47.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781843839682
    • Publisher: Boydell Press
    • Published: October 2014
    Offers histories of music drama beginning with Wagner's Parsifal and then looking at works by Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Luigi Dallapiccola, Luigi Nono and Hans Werner Henze.
  • Aida: The Complete Opera on 2 CDs

    By Giuseppe Verdi

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781579125066
    • Publisher: BLACK DOG & LEVENTHAL
    • Published: October 2005
    (The Black Dog Opera Library). A guide to understanding and appreciating opera, this book includes: the complete opera on two CDs, the complete libretto with annotations, critical historical commentary.
  • Alban Berg: Lulu Cambridge Opera Handbooks)

    By Douglas Jarman

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780521284806
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Published: February 1991
  • All Good Greetings: Letters of Geraldine Farrar to Ilka Marie Stotler

    By Geraldine Farrar

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780822970163
    • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    • Published: December 1991
  • Along the Roaring River : My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met

    By Hao Jiang Tian

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780470056417
    • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    • Published: April 2008
    Hao Jiang Tian has had a truly remarkable life. Born in Maoist China, Tian grew up as a young factory worker during the Cultural Revolution. When his voice changed, he was admitted into a music program sponsored by Mao's wife and after the chairman's death, Tian was finally able to study the full range of Western music. From there, Tian came to America and the rest is hitory. One of the Metropolitan Opera's most popular performers and the only Chinese-born singer to achieve lasting Western success, Tian is a testament to perseverance and success. This compelling memoir tells his story in glorious detail and will touch and inspire readers from East to West.
  • American Opera Singer : The Lives and Adventures of America's Great Singers in Opera and Concert, from 1825 to the Present

    By Peter G. Davis

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385421737
    • Publisher: Doubleday
    • Published: October 1997
    Spans from the 19th-century pioneers who crashed the gates of Europe's elite opera circles, to the glamorous singers of the early 20th century who were also Hollywood stars and publicity magnets, to the highly professional singers since WWII who not only gained European acceptance, but now dominate the industry. Illus., b&w photos. 626p.
  • Ancient Rome In Early Opera

    By Robert C. Ketterer

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780252033780
    • Published: November 2008
    The major historians of ancient Rome wrote their works in the firm belief that the exalted history of the Roman Empire provided plentiful lessons about individual behavior, inspiration for great souls, & warnings against evil ambitions, not to mention opportunities for rich comedy. The examples of Rome have often been resurrected for the opera stage to display the exceptional grandeur, glory, & tragedy of Roman figures. When modern opera developed in the baroque period, Rome provided settings & subject matter for librettists & composers. As opera spread to England & Germany, the treatment of Roman subjects changed to reflect national differences.
  • And So I Sing: African-American Divas of Opera and Concert

    By Rosalyn M. Story

    Our Price: $4.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781567430110
    • Publisher: Amistad
    • Published: July 1993
    An informal biographical collective - with two digressive chapters on spiritual & vocal & visual ethnicity - its scope deliberately narrowed to include only those black women who have come up through the American social system.Selected biblio., index. B&W illus. 236p. Pap.
  • Andrea Bocelli: A Celebration

    By Antonia Felix

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780312253097
    • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press
    • Published: November 1999
    Biography of the Italian tenor with many photographs.
  • The Angel's Cry : Beyond the Pleasure Principle in Opera

    By Michel Poizat

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780801423888
    • Published: June 1992
    Discusses the expectations and desires of opera audiences, and explains the feelings evoked by this art form in the hearts and minds of its devotees
  • Annees De Pelerinage, Complete

    By Franz Liszt

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486256276
    • Publisher: Dover Pubns
    • Published: May 1988
    Authoritative Russian edition of piano masterpieces, including Première Année (Suisse); Deuxième Année (Italie) and its supplement, Venezia e Napoli; Troisième Année, and a number of related pieces, including Apparitions and "Lyon" from Album d'un voyageur. New translation of Russian footnotes and of editor's preface.