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Subject: Re: favorite opera books
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:25:38 -0500
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THE PRICE OF GENIUS by April Fitzlyon

THE REAL WAGNER by Rudolph Sabor

THE SIMON SCHUSTER BOOK OF THE OPERA

RICHARD STRAUSS, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT by Kurt Wilhelm

And I'd like a recommendation for the best book on Puccini.

dtmk

On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 12:27 PM, k youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Has this ever been discussed? I’m thinking about my favorite books about
> opera.
>
> At the top of my list is Peter Conrad’s “A Song of Love and Death.” It’s
> been years since I read it so now might be a good time to dust it off
> again. From the Amazon page: “A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera
> Graywolf's updated edition of this classic book on opera includes a new
> afterword by author Peter Conrad.
>
> Arguing that opera's deepest roots lie in our most fundamental human
> rituals, Peter Conrad shows us the faces of the gods that still hover over
> the pageant--gods of music, abandon, evil, love. then, with the dizzying
> skill of a practiced literary and cultural critic, the author takes us on a
> ride through the repertoire of operas past and present. Finally, he brings
> us to the climactic moment of the form: the performance. We meet the great
> personalities—from Puccini to Bernstein to Domingo—in their element, and
> see anew how their celebrity and their artistry affect us all." There’s a
> lot more to read about it so here’s the link: <
> https://www.amazon.com/Song-Love-Death-Graywolf-Rediscovery/dp/1555972411>
>
> Also up near the top of my list is Lanfranco Rasponi’s “The Last Prima
> Donnas.”
>
> William Weaver’s “The Puccini Companion” ranks high as does Julian
> Budden’s monumental 3-volume “The Operas of Verdi.”
>
> These are the ones that pop into my mind right away.
>
> I’d like to hear what books other Opera L folk recommend so I can see if
> I’m missing anything.
>
> Kurt Youngmann
>
> "Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known." - Michel de
> Montaigne
>
>
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