Operas in English: A Dictionary (Hardcover)

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Operas in English: A Dictionary (Hardcover)


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Operas in English have a long, rich, and varied history encompassing everything from the English masques of the 17th century to today's crossover music dramas such as Harvey Milk and Rent. This book covers in detail more than 3,500 English-texted operas by composers including Purcell, Handel, Britten, Bernstein, and Musgrave. Most were born in English-speaking countries, but the list also includes such composers as Weill (his American stage works) and Henze (his operas with dual English-German texts). The work provides specific information not accessible in the usual sources, such as premiere details, plots, characters, and casts.

The work begins with an historical overview. Many entries include scores, librettos, bibliographies, and discographies. Cross-references four appendixes (composers, librettists, authors and sources, and a chronology), and three indexes (characters, performers, and general) make this an exceptionally useful reference tool.
MARGARET ROSS GRIFFEL is a production editor at Columbia University's Office of Publications, as well as an editorial consultant for several publishers. Dr. Griffel is the author of a companion volume, Operas in German (Greenwood, 1990), and has served as editor and compiler of the G. Schirmer orchestral and opera catalogs, consulting editor for the Schirmer History of Music, contributor to The New Oxford History of Music, and music production editor for Garland Publishing.
Product Details ISBN: 9780313253102
ISBN-10: 0313253102
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: October 30th, 1999
Pages: 1016
Language: English