Opera: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

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Opera is often perceived to be characterised by excessive passions, sumptuous costumes, lavish sets, and ill-mannered divas. In reality, operas address the most fundamental and universal human concerns – love, death, jealousy, greed and power. In this timeless introduction, Alexandra Wilson rescues the art form from fading into insignificance and reveals the reasons behind its lasting appeal.

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Alexandra Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Oxford Brookes University. Passionate about bringing opera to a wider audience, she has presented numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and given educational talks for the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and English National Opera.

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"Admirably compact. Packed with richly resonant material." --Daniel Snowman, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and author of The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera

"Wilson is a gifted writer and has packed a world of history, culture, and music into her new opera guide." --Helen Greenwald, Musicologist, Department of Music History & Musicology, New England Conservatory

"An enlightening, whistle-stop tour of the history of opera. Engaging and easily readable." --Clair Rowden, Lecturer, School of Music, Cardiff University

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