The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America

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9780471144212: The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America

The first and only guide to the history and architecture of America's famous opera houses

The American opera scene has grown with the country, spawning a proliferation of beautiful and enchanting opera houses. This unique guided tour covers almost 100 historical and contemporary opera houses dating from 1765 up to the present--halls such as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Opera House, and the Cullen Theater in Houston.

America's opera houses present an eclectic collection of buildings, from converted warehouses to ornate vaudevillian venues and modern concrete and glass structures. The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America celebrates this dynamic range of architectural types and styles, revealing how European elements were transformed into a distinctly authentic and vital part of America's architectural and musical heritage.

Grouped by geographic region, this easy-to-use resource contains important historical information on structures--some destroyed as well as those still standing--including dates, name changes, seating capacity, and more. Many of the buildings featured are National Historic Landmarks or are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Almost 140 vintage and recent photographs bring to life these magnificent buildings and the operatic scenes enacted on their stages.

Whether used as a travel planner or an armchair reference, this definitive book is a must for music and theater enthusiasts, architects, designers, and preservationists--the perfect front row seat to the dramatic history of opera in America.

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Those with an interest in opera, in architecture, in public spaces and in our cultural history should find much of interest in this slender volume. It offers breadth of information rather than depth, but makes a good starting point for a more intense investigation -- or enough to answer a basic question. The book is well-organized and easy to use.

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A renowned expert in the opera world presents a delightful guided tour of historical and contemporary U.S. opera houses dating from 1765 to 1996, along with a captivating history of American opera. The author covers an eclectic array of buildings from the simple and unassuming to the majestic and pretentious, highlighting those which no longer exist as well as those meticulously restored. Includes approximately 140 diverse historic and modern photos of opera houses, scenes, halls, and great moments.

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