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1076 p.
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2. The opera manual [2014]

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xxxvi, 442 pages ; 29 cm.
You are getting ready for a performance of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and you have a few questions. How many clarinets are in the orchestra? How many orchestra members appear onstage? How many different sets are there? How long does the opera typically run? What are the key arias? Are any special effects or ballet choreography required? Who owns the rights? Where was it premiered? What are the leading and supporting roles? The Opera Manual is the only single source for the answers to these and other important questions. It is the ultimate companion for opera lovers, professionals, scholars, and teachers, featuring comprehensive information about, and plot summaries for, more than 550 operas-including every opera that is likely to be performed today, from standard to rediscovered contemporary works. The book is invaluable, especially for opera professionals, who will find everything they need for choosing and staging operas. But it is also a treasure for listeners. Similar reference books commonly skip over scenes and supporting characters in their plot summaries, lacking even the most basic facts about staging, orchestral, and vocal requirements. The Opera Manual, based on the actual scores of the works discussed, is the only exhaustive, up-to-date opera companion-a "recipe book" that will enable its readers to explore those operas they know and discover new ones to sample and enjoy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780810888685 20160612
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xxiii, 537 pages ; 24 cm.
Opera has been around ever since the late 16th century, and it is still going strong in the sense that operas are performed around the world at present, and known by infinitely more persons than just those who attend performances. On the other hand, it has enjoyed periods in the past when more operas were produced to greater acclaim. Those periods inevitably have pride of place in this Historical Dictionary of Opera, as do exceptional singers, and others who combine to fashion the opera, whether or not they appear on stage. But this volume looks even further afield, considering the cities which were and still are opera centers, literary works which were turned into librettos, and types of pieces and genres. While some of the former can be found on the web or in other sources, most of the latter cannot and it is impossible to have the whole picture without them. Indeed, this book has an amazingly broad scope. The dictionary section, with about 340 entries, covers the topics mentioned above but obviously focuses most on composers, not just the likes of Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, but others who are scarcely remembered but made notable contributions. Of course, there are the divas, but others singers as well, and some of the most familiar operas, Don Giovanni, Tosca and more. Technical terms also abound, and reference to different genres, from antimasque to zarzuela. Since opera has been around so long, the chronology is rather lengthy, since it has a lot of ground to cover, and the introduction sets the scene for the rest. This book should not be an end but rather a beginning, so it has a substantial bibliography for readers seeking more specific or specialized works. It is an excellent access point for readers interested in opera.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780810867680 20160612
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2 v. (xxvi, 984 p.) ; 29 cm.
In this revised and expanded edition of Operas in English: A Dictionary, Margaret Ross Griffel updates her work on operas written specifically to an English text, including not only works originally in English but also those set to new English librettos. Since the book's initial publication in 1999, Griffel has added nearly 900 new items, bringing the total number of entries in this new edition to 4,400, covering the world of opera in English from 1634 through 2011. The front matter includes a brief history of English opera, to "set the stage" for the dictionary entries that follow. Listed alphabetically, each opera entry includes alternative titles; a full, descriptive title; the number of acts; composer's name; librettist's name, with original language of the libretto; the source of the text (date, place, and cast of the first performance); date of composition (if it occurred substantially earlier than the premiere); similar information for the first U.S. (including colonial) and British (England, Scotland, Wales) performances; brief plot summary; main characters (names and vocal ranges, where known); names of noteworthy numbers; comments on special musical problems and techniques; other settings of the text, including non-English ones; other operas, if any, involving the same story or characters (cross references are indicated by asterisks). Entries include such information as first and critical editions of the score and libretto; a bibliography, ranging from scholarly studies to more informal journal articles and reviews; a discography; and information on video recordings. Operas in English features four appendixes, a selective bibliography, and two indexes. The first appendix lists composers, their places and years of birth and death, and their operas included in the text as entries; the second does the same for librettists; the third records authors whose works inspired or were adapted for the librettos; and the fourth comprises a chronological listing of the A-Z entries, including the date of first performance, the city of the premiere (or composition date if unperformed or performed much later), the short title of the opera, and the composer. There is a main character index and an index of singers, conductors, producers, composers of other settings, and other key figures.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780810882720 20160610
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xii, 477 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface-- Acknowledgements-- Operas-- Arias-- Characters' Roles and Voices-- Composers-- Librettists-- Bibliographical Sources.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780773462847 20160528
This tremendous reference is in dictionary style for the easy reference and use by researchers, scholars, and any reader interested in the opera. It is an excellent source for looking up anything from specific data on a particular opera to which aria is connected with which opera. This wolume is generously cross-referenced and should prove invaluable in answering many questions on the opera.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780773462847 20160528
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Book
383 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.
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Book
xvii, 1047 p., [72] p. of plates : ill. ; 26 cm.
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245 p. ; 25 cm.
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923 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
More than a conventional opera guide, this book presents more than 300 operas from over 100 composers and describes the history, background and specifics of each in intimate detail. It also considers elements not usually touched upon in guides to the form, introducing the reader to various elements of staging and mise-en-scene.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783829035712 20160527
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vii, 578 p. ; 21 cm.
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xxviii, 978 p. ; 25 cm.
Operas in English have a long and varied history encompassing everything from the English masques of the 17th century to today's crossover music dramas such as "Harvey Milk" and "Rent". This book covers in detail more than 2900 English-texted operas by composers including Purcell, Handel, Britten, Bernstein and Musgrave. Most were born in English-speaking countries, but the list also includes such composers as Weill (his American stage works) and Henze (his operas with dual English-German texts). The work provides specific information such as prermiere details, plots, characters and casts. The work begins with an historical overview. Many entries include scores, librettos, bibliographies and discographies. It also cross-references, four appendixes (composers, librettists, authors and sources, and a chronology), and three indexes (characters, performers and general).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313253102 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xxxvi, 676, xxxiv p. ; 23 cm.
This manual is designed to be a single source for answering questions which may occur in bringing the production of an opera to the stage; questions such as "How many clarinets are in the orchestra?", "How many orchestra members appear onstage?", "What is the usual running time?", and "Are any special effects or ballet choreography required?". This and other information, such as who owns the rights and when the opera was premiered, is provided for more than 550 operas - the guide may serve equally as a companion for opera-lovers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780306808074 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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2 v. (1543 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.
  • v. 1. A-K
  • v. 2. L-Z/Indexes.
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398 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
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15. Opera [1993]

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383, [24] p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 28 cm.
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4 v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
  • v. 1. A-D
  • v. 2. E-Lom
  • v. 3. Lon-Rod
  • v. 4. Roe-Z ; Appendices.
The makers of this dictionary have approached the leading opera historians and critics throughout the world and aim to choose the best writer on each and every topic: scholars who have worked on the composers they are treating and critics who know the works and the artists they are discussing through actual experience in the opera house. The book includes: more than 1800 entries on individual operas of up to 3000 words in length each, 2500 entries on singers and performers, entries for over 3000 composers who have made a contribution of any significance to the literature of opera, articles of all the great opera houses of the world, a series of articles on producers, directors and designers, entries on librettists, and articles on the history and terminology of opera, voice types and vocal terms. By the author of "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333485521 20160528
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xviii, 782 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Preface, Bibliography, Key to Vocal Compasses, Abbreviations, A-Z entries.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198691648 20160528
Opera has achieved a breadth of appeal unprecedented in its history, commanding the patronage of the wealthy but also a popular following, generating well-filled opera houses, as well as spectacular mass events, public television relays of famous occasions, and huge record sales. "The Oxford Dictionary of Opera" is a comprehensive one-volume reference work on the subject. The entries include composers, individual operas, well-known arias and principal characters; singers, conductors, producers and designers; technical terms; librettists, and authors of works and the popular subjects on which operas have been based; opera companies, opera-houses and festivals; and countries and cities in which opera has been staged. The information provided includes opera synopses and first performance details, worklists of composers and listings of their writings and catalogues; bibliographies of works about opera; debuts and career highlights of singers, with notes on voice type, style, and reputation; definitions and discussions of technical terms and operatic styles; historical surveys of the history of opera in one country. The text is linked by a network of cross-references and is written in a style accessible to the non-specialist. The work has its roots in the earlier "Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera" (2/E, 1979 by John Warrack and Harold Rosenthal), drawing on the same basic framework though the overall extent is considerably larger, the coverage wider, and the information more up to date. A few entries have been taken over from the COD Opera without change while some others have been used but expanded and updated.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198691648 20160528
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18. A-Z of the opera [1990]

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223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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xxviii, 735 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Operas in German. Appendices: additional operas in German-- composers-- Librettists.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313252440 20160528
The present dictionary addresses itself wholly to operas written in a German text. The main body of this dictionary comprises entries on the operas themselves, permitting thorough treatment of some 350 operas. This section is augmented by an appendix of some 800 additional opera titles and annotated listings of composers and librettists. Almost all of the composers represented here were born in German-speaking countries. Among the notable exceptions is the Italian-born Ferruccio Busoni, whose operas were all written to German texts and received premieres in German-speaking cities. Composers such as Kurt Weill who wrote operas in more than one language are represented by their German works only. The operas are listed alphabetically, excluding the article, which is placed at the end of the title. Each entry includes the title, with the English translation and alternate titles in parentheses; descriptive terms as needed; the number of acts; the composer's name; the librettist's name, the original language, and the original source of the text; the date, place, and cast of the first performance; similar information for the first United States and United Kingdom performances, if applicable; a brief plot summary; the main characters with vocal ranges; citations of especially important or noteworthy numbers; additional information such as comments on special musical problems, techniques, or other significant aspects; and other settings of the text, including non-German ones and/or operas involving the same story or characters. The entry also has a bibliography, a discography, and information on video recordings. In addition to the aforementioned appendix, this dictionary contains in alphabetical listing of composers with their places and years of birth and death and an index of their operas. The third appendix lists librettists and provides information similar to that in the composer appendix. The fourth and fifth appendices provide characters and performers, respectively, included in the main entries. The volume is completed by a bibliography.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313252440 20160528
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415 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 cm.
An elegant gift and comprehensive reference for opera lovers, The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia draws on the talents and resources of the world's greatest opera house. Describes singers, composers, operas and more. 250 black-and-white photographs.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780671617325 20160527
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