Opera By Alan Riding, Leslie Dunton-Downer

  • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Release date: 08-16-22

Opera By Alan Riding, Leslie Dunton-Downer AudioBook Summary

Immerse yourself in more than 400 years of the world’s most celebrated operas and discover the fascinating stories behind them. Explore the lives of singers such as Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, and Jonas Kaufmann. Meet composers like Mozart, Wagner, and Britten, and the librettists with whom they collaborated to create the magical blend of words and music that make up opera.

From its origins in the 17th-century courts of Italy to live screenings in public spaces today, Opera: The Definitive Story follows the history of opera from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in 1607, to Cosi fan Tutte, La Bohème, and modern operas such as Brokeback Mountain. It explains musical terminology, traces historical developments, and sets everything in cultural context.

It also explores the great opera houses of the world, such as La Scala, Milan, the Met in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. Opera: The Definitive Story is the essential audiobook for anyone who wants to understand and enjoy the constantly evolving world of this beloved art form.



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