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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Louis DiGaetani Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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This invaluable primer will introduce the uninitiated to the mysteries of opera and help more experienced fans to expand their understanding and deepen their appreciation of the art form. An Invitation to the Opera provides an accessible and completely comprehensive look at opera's rich heritage and includes information such as: a retelling of opera's history, from its roots in Greek tragedy up to the modern period; a look at operatic production over the centuries, including the evolution of scenery, lightning, and stage design; an in-depth discussion of the crucial role of the conductor; biographical sketches of the 100 greatest voices of all time, from the castrati of the 17th century to present-day superstars such as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti; and descriptions of the 50 operas of the standard repertory. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelique | 2/20/2011

    " A good quick read to get some background on the opera world. I still use facts I learned from this book to people I take to the opera for the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/4/2005

    " A basic overview of opera, its history, the most widely performed operas, etc... "

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About the Author

John Louis DiGaetani is a professor of English at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He specializes in modern literature and its connections with music. He is also director of Hofstra’s London Program, a study abroad program in London.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.