The author is a retired academic who has had a life-long passion for opera and who has attended many performances at home and abroad. The book draws on his numerous and geographically diverse experiences. It contrasts opera-going in different, predominantly European, countries and over time, from the 1960s to the present day. It covers not only the obviously main themes - music, singers, productions, opera houses and their audiences; it also deals with peripheral matters such as the obtaining of tickets, operatic excursions, and calamities which may occur. It is anecdotal and personal, discursive, and amusing, but also informative. If you want to know more about the world of opera - what goes right and what goes wrong - you'll enjoy this.
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Anthony is a retired academic lawyer. He was educated at St Dunstan's College, London, and Magdalen College, Oxford and is now Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Manchester and Rotterdam. He has written books and articles on the law. In 2002 he was awarded the CBE and in 2007 elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Throughout his adult life, he has had a passionate interest in the arts. He has published reviews of concerts and opera performances. He gives talks on opera and music and is also a reader of audio books. He lives in Goldsborough, North Yorkshire, UK.Review:
Anthony Ogus's travels are full of incident, humour and sage opinion. He has the gift of being entirely serious in his pursuit of opera, yet being able gently to laugh at the pursuit and at himself. All men have something of the trainspotter in them. As with football fans, for whom the away games bring the greater thrill, the more exacting the journey, the more fulfilling the goal. While this book contains vivid memories and anecdotes of the great names, it is often the more obscure discoveries which are the most rewarding. --Nicolas Payne, Director - Opera Europa
Anthony Ogus generously shares his personal ecstatic highs and frustrating lows during 50 years (1962-2012) of operamania an evident passion for performances of this unique art form that provocatively stimulates, entertains and transports the reader to the numerous national and international opera houses of the world. --Stefan Janski, Head of Opera - Royal Northern College of Music
With enormous enthusiasm... I welcome Travels with my Opera Glasses by Anthony Ogus, who I know to be a total and very knowledgeable opera fan... this book will reinforce my belief that opera really is for everybody and really does transform people s lives. --Richard Mantle, General Director - Opera North
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Book Description Melrose Books. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 195 pages. 8.11x5.91x0.79 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1908645539