History of Opera

Feb 24, 2007 10:27 am
Donald Grout’s A Short History of Opera is an excellent survey and should be the first choice for anyone wanting to learn about the history of opera. At over 900 pages, I’m not sure it really qualifies as short, but if you spend some time with it and really love opera you will wish that it was longer. It’s not exactly cheap, but it is an excellent investment. I have read and reread my copy regularly for many, many years.

Think of it as a map or a travel guide. You use it to navigate or guide your experience of a particular place. What you really enjoy and remember is the experience and you forget all about the guide or map—but your experience would not have been the same without it!


~ by severalfourmany on February 24, 2007.

One Response to “History of Opera”

  1. Feb 24, 2007 9:04 pm
    Wonderful! Of course, you are right. People assume that because you have been “into” opera for many years, that you must “know” all about it. Well after about 45 years of being “into” opera, I know what I love, and what I don’t like so much. The road maps (even some of you guys out there) have definitely changed the dynamics of what I love to an ever growing, not a static list. I never put that together before. Thank you. And the journey is out of this world, isn’t it?

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