A History of Opera


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 8.2 X 1.8 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author

Carolyn Abbate, professor of music at Harvard University, is the author of Unsung Voices and In Search of Opera. She writes on film, philosophy, and opera and has also worked as a translator and dramaturge. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Roger Parker, professor of music at King's College London, writes on opera and music in London. He is the author of Leonora's Last Act and Remaking the Song and was a founding coeditor of the Cambridge Opera Journal. He lives in Hampshire.


Reason to applaud . . . vast scholarly authority is put to the service of a narrative both lucid and sweeping.--Jeremy Eichler
Will surely become essential reading for anyone seeking an engaging and highly informed chronicle of the great composers and their works.--Daniel Snowman
A highly idiosyncratic and personal history of opera. [It] has a brio, insouciance, and even irreverence that are very much their own.--G.W. Bowersock
Fresh . . . brave, challenging and, above all, useful.
Fantastically clear-sighted and down-to-earth . . . focuses on what opera is and was rather than what it should be or would like to have been. . . . Their virtuosic spring-clean of opera's past reveals an art form quite different to the one that we come across today.
Unfailingly intelligent . . . their coverage of every period in opera's history is scrupulous and provocative.