Opera Today - reviews

'Although not intended for the scholar, Opera Today contains much that is new and interesting. It offers a fine general introduction to the subject for audience and practitioner alike and is recommended reading for those with an interest in the high stakes world of international opera.'

Steven C. Edwards, The Choral Journal

 

'Within a very few pages...I was well and truly hooked. Quite unlike any other book on opera to come my way...this is above all a fascinating and absorbing study not merely of individual personalities but of human nature itself. One puts it down convinced that only our assault on space can possibly involve so intricate (or so expensive) a balancing act of temperaments, conflicting interests, material requirement and compromises... The authors' prose is as readable as their research has been exhaustive. The book is a model of well-organized thought, approaching its climax, through a sequential examination of singer, conductor, producer and designer, with a dramatic momentum fully worthy of its subject. In addition to its other virtues, the book is beautifully produced.'

Jeremy Siepmann, British Book News

 

'An astonishingly detailed, comprehensive and entertaining textbook which would be of immense value to anyone involved in the presentation of opera.'

Dennis Clarke, New Zeland Herald