The Birth of an Opera: Fifteen Masterpieces from Poppea to Wozzeck

Michael Rose (Author)

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 18, 2013
6.47 X 1.4 X 9.41 inches | 1.67 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Rose is an author, speaker and independent reward consultant. He was formerly the Vice-President of reward at the CIPD, and has held a number of senior reward management positions, such as the Director of Total Reward for Aon Corporation and Head of Reward Management for TSB Bank plc. A regular international conference speaker, he has also appeared on radio and TV commenting on reward issues and has written a number of books and articles on the topic.


Here are chapters of delight, elegantly and evocatively written by Rose, conjuring up the process of creation so as to make one eagerly turn or return to the music--and do so with heightened admiration and enjoyment.--John Warrack, University of Oxford
This is a delightful book! Michael Rose writes with grace and charm, his prose light as a feather and entirely accessible to someone approaching this art form for the first time. And yet what passion, what thought and experience lie behind his words, his astonishing quotations, and the subtle but always loyal judgments he delivers. Each of his fifteen chapters reads like a short story, sometimes funny, sometimes filled with twists and turns. But the cumulative effect is to place composers where they should be--at the very centre. For Rose, the musician is the dramatist.--Gerard McBurney, creative director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's "Beyond the Score" series
Rather than retreading familiar ground with historical analysis and musical commentary, Rose produces an engaging script in which the individuals most closely concerned with each opera are seen to comment, debate and compromise. In this way Rose offers his readers a direct link to events that are otherwise beyond their reach, and he captures the often bizarre interactions of chance, genius, practical necessity and dogged determination that heralded the creation of opera's most enduring and compelling masterpieces.--Alexa B. Antopol
An appealing invitation to lovers of opera to discover--or learn anew--how 15 imperishable works of genius came into being.--John Check
Rose's entertaining book reveals new aspects of favorite operas for opera buffs and provides a nice introduction to opera for new listeners.