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Opera For Dummies


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About the book:

Pogue is a wonderful teacher& He can teach anybody.
 Gay Talese, bestselling author of Honor Thy Father

Scott Speck is a great communicator of classical music&. Concert audiences and readers alike cant help getting caught up in the joy of his subject.
 David Styers, American Symphony Orchestra League

Opera is weird. Everybody wears makeup and sings all the time. Even when theyre singing your language, which is rare, you still cant understand the words. Women play men, men play women, and 45-year-olds play teenagers. All the main characters seem to get killed off. And when somebody dies, he takes ten minutes to sing about it. Yet, for all its weirdness, an operatic experience is an experience in breathtaking beauty. When you hear a soprano float a soft high C, or a tenor singing a love song, or a full-throated chorus in the climax of a scenes dramatic finale, you cant help getting goosebumps.

Want to experience all that beauty for yourself, but dont know where to begin? Opera For Dummies is an excellent place to start. Written by an acclaimed conductor and a musical director, this friendly guide tells you what you need to know to:

  • Understand opera from the Baroque and Roman periods through today
  • Interpret characters, orchestra, chorus, and other players
  • Understand whats happening, both on stage and off
  • Choose the best seats
  • Identify famous operas
  • Build a great collection of opera recordings
  • Locate opera sites and chat groups online

Whether youre interested in attending a live opera, want to build a collection of recordings, or just want to be able to talk about opera intelligently, Opera For Dummies is for you. Among other things, youll explore:

  • The words, the music, and the people who sing it
  • The history of opera and the lives of the great composers
  • Going to the opera  including tips for getting tickets, preparing for the opera, dressing for the opera, and more
  • Musical and theatrical conventions used in opera
  • In-depth synopses of the worlds most beloved operas

On the bonus CD youll find:

  • More than 60 minutes of music compiled especially for the book
  • A multimedia piece for PC or MAC

Wonder what it is about opera that can make a grown person cry like a baby? Find out in Opera For Dummies.

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