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Subject: Re: Favorite Opera Books
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:29:11 -0500

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Also, Goldovsky's "Bringing Opera To Life," which is all about ways to approach directing 
opera. It does get very technical, and some of Goldovsky's methods get a little too 
complex (his breakdown of the intro music to "Ella giammai m'amo, for instance, is 
masterful but way too detailed for practical use by most singers) - but it's a fascinating 
read. it's also an interesting book in light of our current Regie movement, since this was 
way before that - but he does have fun debunking and deriding the nonsense of older 
"traditional" stagings that were just as ridiculous in their time. 

Someone had mentioned "Ring Resounding" which is a lot of fun - even if Culshaw 
embellishes things. 

I notice a few people have mentioned the Wayne Koestenbaum book. I remember trying 
to read it but found his language way too fawning and purple for my taste. But perhaps 
I'll take another look - it's been a while. 

On Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:47:26 -0500, R PRADA <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Boris Goldovsky: The Adult Mozart, books 1 & 2
>Accents on Opera - Boris Goldovsky with some research by Mary Ellis Peltz

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