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The Opera Reader - Louis Biancolli

McGraw-Hill, 1953, Hardback ..
Condition: Good+. Boards and spine a touch faded. Previous owners inscription to ½-title page (signature only.) and three small stamped numbers to ffep. Text bright and tight.

Grey cloth with gilt titling to spine, pinkish illustration of a singer to upper board. These are the stories, sometimes even the plots, behind the operas and often behind the scenes. They are stories that deal with the operas themselves, with singers and conductors and first performances, with episodes in the lives of their composers, with accounts wherever possible - of how the operas originated in the brains of their makers, grew, took shape, and reached the stage. For each opera a generous background is given that may be regarded as a case history of the work in question: the toil and the tears that went into its making, the hopes, anxieties, trials, setbacks, broken promises and promises fulfilled that were the composer's lot before the fateful day of the world premiere.

Size: 9¼" x 6"
Number of Pages: 678

£Now with a new owner.