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"Weep, Shudder, Die" is an insightful and accessible guide to the grand art of opera for both new and longtime fans. For too long opera was relegated to high society and perceived as stuffy and remote. But now that has changed. A new generation of opera lovers has emerged, inviting a wave of extraordinary new productions and revivals the world over. Robert Levine has written an illuminating guide for this growing audience. With his signature wit, he examines the most famous composers and operas, from Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" to Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" and Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," giving a sense of each opera's history and celebrating its enduring greatness. "Weep, Shudder, Die" will inspire anyone who has ever been curious about opera but never knew where to start to discover one of the world's most entertaining and satisfying art forms.
Robert Levine is a classical music and opera critic and senior editor at www.classicstoday.com. He is the author of Maria Callas: A Musical Biography and the children's book The Story of the Orchestra, among others.
Table of Contents
|Author's Note||p. ix|
|Introduction: No Need to Wear Your Jewelry||p. 1|
|German Opera: Who's Afraid of Wagner (and His Friends)?||p. 29|
|Mozart's Operas: No Comparison Possible||p. 83|
|Opera in English: If You Think It's Easier to Understand, Think Again||p. 100|
|Italian Opera: If You Can Hum It, It's Probably Italian||p. 111|
|French Opera: Demons, Gypsies, Biblical Epics||p. 202|
|Russian Opera: Choruses, Nationalism, and Tchaikovsky||p. 221|
|Epilogue: And Finally …||p. 233|
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