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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 can't help getting caught up in the joy of his subject."-- David Styers, American Symphony Orchestra LeagueOpera is weird. Everybody wears makeup and sings all the time.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 can't help getting caught up in the joy of his subject."-- David Styers, American Symphony Orchestra LeagueOpera is weird. Everybody wears makeup and sings all the time. Even when they're singing your language, which is rare, you still can't 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 scene's dramatic finale, you can't help getting goosebumps.Want to experience all that beauty for yourself, but don't 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 todayInterpret characters, orchestra, chorus, and other playersUnderstand what's happening, both on stage and offChoose the best seatsIdentify famous operasBuild a great collection of opera recordingsLocate opera sites and chat groups onlineWhether you're 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, you'll explore: The words, the music, and the people who sing itThe history of opera and the lives of the great composersGoing to the opera -- including tips for getting tickets, preparing for the opera, dressing for the opera, and moreMusical and theatrical conventions used in operaIn-depth synopses of the world's most beloved operasOn the bonus CD you'll find: More than 60 minutes of music compiled especially for the bookA multimedia piece for PC or MACWonder what it is about opera that can make a grown person cry like a baby? Find out in "Opera For Dummies....

Title : Opera for Dummies
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ISBN : 0785555550100
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Opera for Dummies Reviews

  • Christopher Luciano
    2019-05-19 19:32

    The definitive book on teaching the culture opera to beginners such as myself. The book is really good in offering the information in a very clear and unpretentious manner as to not make the material overwhelming. The critical bits to me were the chapters on the different movements in Opera History. In particular the big Opera composers that everyone should be familiar with. The synopsis of the major operas are also a big help.

  • Goldkehlchen20
    2019-04-27 16:46

    Das Buch ist sogar noch unterhaltsamer, wenn man Musikwissenschaften studiert hat.

  • Ben
    2019-05-12 20:38

    I guess this is a typical Dummies book. If you like the style you might like this. If, like me, you hate the style, this will be something for you to skim as quickly as possible while you look for new information. It's riddled with terrible, corny jokes, many of which are even worse because they're so dated (a reference to Demi Moore and Bruce Willis' marriage and the frustration of getting busy signals when trying to connect to America Online are the two that stick out). That's bad enough but the incessant plugs for their other Dummies book on classical music aren't cute or funny - they're really irritating. There are lots of typos and typesetting mistakes, along with what seems to be some misinformation (then again, another opera book I read recently claimed Rigoletto has four acts, so maybe there is a four-act version out there). I haven't listened to the CD yet, or gone over more than a few of their synopses. The writing style is so off-putting I just got tired of these guys and gave up. There is some good stuff in the book but I don't know if it's anything you can't find elsewhere, minus the lame humor and crappy writing. There are a pretty decent number of books out there for the opera neophyte so I think you can do better. In particular I recommend Bravo!: A Guide to Opera for the Perplexed by Barrymore Laurence Scherer.

  • Mike Jensen
    2019-04-24 23:24

    Teaching yourself about opera by listening to operas is a slow and uncertain process, for it lacks context and, unless you like everything (I don't), it can be hit and miss as far as how much you enjoy the process. I tried better books on the subject, but they were too advanced for me. OPERA FOR DUMMIES was just right, for I really was an opera dummy. It answered nearly every question I had, gave me a sense of how composer careers developed, asserted the importance of librettists, and gave me a more systematic way to teach myself more when choosing new composers and their operas for study.The one question the book raised but did not answer is the identity of the diva who is convinced that she needs sex right before a performance to be great, so certain opera companies make sure to supply willing young men to grease her gears before she goes on. I MUST KNOW THIS!

  • Annette Goena
    2019-05-17 19:26

    Its a really fun book, it makes opera very accessible and friendly. I would definitely reread it. The only really annoying thing about it was that they kept referring back to another book that the authors wrote on classical music. Everything else about it was really good. It covers all different aspects: history, musical periods, voices. It does the synopsis for the 50 most important operas and also has a section on "lesser" operas, like my favorite "Norma". This edition also includes a cd where you listen to music and they give you notes on what to listen to.

  • Samuel
    2019-04-26 19:32

    Recycles quite a few of the jokes in Classical Music for Dummies but does the job of teaching dummies about the joys of opera. I'm proud to say that I am now fully entrenched in the classical music world and have developed my own tastes and opinions, with the wise guidance of these two authors. Hell, I'm even reviewing opera now.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-14 20:43

    This Dummies book is probably one of the best I've ever read, all it made me the most excitable person about opera ever.Too bad I have approximately 1.75 people who share the interest!Great trivia, a fantastic reference guide for the classics as well as a great historical overview of this age old art form.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-15 21:35

    Love this book! Very enjoyable: quirky and sooo funny, yet really informative. Great intro to the opera. I'm looking forward to reading the 'companion' book on classical music. I found the funny recommendations referring to this book amusing.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-01 23:48

    This is a really solid collection for those who need more basic knowledge on opera. It sums up the plots of the most famous operas, which is really helpful. A great basic overview for the opera novice.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-04-25 21:26

    4 STARS A very informative reference book for any Opera beginner - it's easy and fun! A great handbook.

  • Bologna_frog
    2019-05-21 00:29

    I read when Der Fliegender Hollander was in Anchorage, ~2005. We would get free concert tickets from KLEF 98.1 FM.

  • Bill
    2019-05-17 20:53

    If your are interested, but not ready to become a full time student, this is a good book. It makes the art accessible and eased my anxiety.

  • Elizabeth Quinn
    2019-05-16 00:26

    I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. An even more useful guide with a bonus CD."

  • Aurélie
    2019-05-10 00:48

    Pour les néophytes, cette synthèse est vraiment nickel (surtout si vous avez l'édition avec le CD) : bien construite, bourrée d'anecdotes mais jamais indigeste.