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Subject: Re: favorite opera books
From: Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:41:26 -0800
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Weaver was a great translator.   It's his translation of the Verdi-Boito 
letters that makes that book infinitely fascinating. I haven't read the 
Puccini book, but I expect it will be "comprehensive and readable".

Estelle

n 2/10/2018 9:26 AM, donald kane wrote:
> Thank you; I must look for Weaver's Puccini book.  I only hope
> it proves to be as comprehensive and readable as the heretofore
> unmentioned treatment of G.VERDI, HIS LIFE AND WORKS by
> Francis Toye.
>
> Has OPERA ON RECORD "edited" by Alan Blyth been mentioned,
> or Paul Gruber's GUIDE TO RECORDED OPERA?  for those not afraid
> to admit the value of experiencing opera without visual stimulation,  they
> are invaluable additions to the bookshelf.
>
> 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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