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Subject: Re: favorite opera books
From: Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:52:26 -0500

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Dear Listers,

I meant to include in my earlier post — but somehow forgot to do so :

•  Two books by one of our distinguished Opera-L contributors, Dr. Robert S. Thomson, 
called “Italian for the Opera” and “Operatic Italian,” respectively.  They are totally 
enchanting and I daresay extremely useful for those who are unacquainted with Italian 
language except through opera.  I consider them to be indispensable.  They are available 
from or from

•  While not a reference work, I very much enjoyed “Murder at La Fenice,” a mystery novel 
set in contemporary Venice by the expat American novelist Donna Leon, a resident of the 
“città lagunare” for over 20 years.  (So acculturated is Ms. Leon that she even speaks 
Venetian.)  “Murder at La Fenice” is part of the “Commissario Guido Brunetti” series of 
novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages (but not Italian !!!) and are 
extremely popular in Germany.    The Brunetti murder mysteries have been very well 
adapted for TV by the German network ZDF.  Both the novels and the videos are available 
through Amazon.  In certain U.S. the Mhz cable network airs the TV series, usually at most 
inconvenient times, but of course they can be taped.

For more information about Donna Leon and her work, please visit,,
brunetti-earthly-remains, or
madness-of-venice-20160111-gm3ag9.html .

Happy reading,


Alain Letort
Washington, D.C.
Des Ungeheuers Höhle

On Fri, 9 Feb 2018 18:29:45 -0500, Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Dear Listers:
>My favorite opera books, or the ones I consult most frequently, are : 
>•  The New Grove Dictionary of Opera in four volumes (1992), edited by Stanley Sadie (I 
>can spend hours reading this, jumping from article to another)
>•  A Night at the Opera – An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, 
>The Recordings (1994) by Denis Forman – I don’t always agree with Mr. Forman, but his 
>opinions are always well thought out, entertaining and funny
>•  The Queen’s Throat (1993) by Wayne Koestenbaum (1993)
>•  Verdi and His Contemporaries –A Selected Chronology of Performances with Casts 
>(1990), by the much-regretted former Lister Tom Kaufman
>but of course I have many others.
>While I was stationed in Brazil, I started reading and collecting the volumes on the history 
>of opera (“Coleção História da Ópera,” published by Perspectiva) by the Brazilian 
>musicologist Lauro Machado Coelho, which I find absolutely sensational and equal to 
>anything published in the so-called “First World.”  I very often peruse them, as they are so 
>informative and a pleasure to read.  The collection comprises :
>•  A Opera Barroca Italiana
>•  A Ópera Clássica Italiana
>•  A Ópera Romântica Italiana
>•  A Ópera Italiana Após 1870
>•  A Ópera na França
>•  A Ópera Alemã
>•  As Óperas de Richard Strauss
>•  A Ópera Inglesa
>•  A Ópera Tcheca
>•  A Ópera na Rússia
>•  A Ópera nos Estados Unidos
>I believe Lauro Machado Coelho was married to the Brazilian operatic soprano Eliane 
>“Kammersängerin” of the Vienna State Opera, but I couldn’t swear to it.  If someone could 
>confirm that (or deny it), please feel free.
>Cheers and all the best,
>Alain Letort
>Washington, D.C.
>Des Ungeheuers Höhle
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