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Opera 101

A book by Fred Plotkin

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A taste of everything

  • Jun 14, 2010
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Opera 101 by Fred Plotkin helped me get a broader taste of opera when I was stuck on Three Tenors and not in the mood to go further.

Reading this made me understand the cultures behind the composers and helped me appreciate why they wrote certain operas the way they did.

Plotkin writes very simply and straightforward, and he never goes over the head of the novice ... which he could have done very easily in my case.

For someone new to opera, this is the way to go; a pleasant, easy read that makes you feel you can competently watch more opera.

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August 21, 2010
Thanks for the review, I'll be checking it out.
 
June 15, 2010
Good job on the review, June Ann. I'd like to take a look at this one.
 
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Just as the title says, this is a basic primer on what opera is, what to look for and what to listen to. There is nothing stuffy in Plotkin's style, which is clear and idiomatic. The book also boasts a foreword by supertenor Placido Domingo.
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ISBN-10: 0786880252
Author: Fred Plotkin
Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition
Date Published: December 1, 1994

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