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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (89 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Plotkin Narrator: Fred Plotkin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Opera is the fastest growing of all the performing arts, attracting audiences of all ages who are enthralled by the gorgeous music, vivid drama, and magnificent productions. If you’ve decided that the time has finally come to learn about opera and discover it for yourself, this is the book for you.

Opera 101 is recognized as the standard text in English for anyone who wants to become an opera lover. It is a clear, friendly, and truly complete handbook for learning how to listen to opera, whether on the radio, on recordings, or live at the opera house. Fred Plotkin, an internationally respected writer and teacher and former performance manager of the Metropolitan Opera, introduces listeners, whatever their level of musical knowledge, to all the riches of opera.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Newcomers to opera receive a fine guide to learning about opera appreciation…Eleven famous operas are reviewed in a step-by-step listeners’ guide, which covers the basics of learning about the opera’s form, style, and scene challenges.”

    Midwest Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 5/10/2013

    " Helped me get through "The Ring" with my father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzq | 3/26/2013

    " I didn't read the whole thing, but enjoyed the parts I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tajma | 1/18/2012

    " This book really gave me a desire to learn more about opera. Anyone who has suggestions for other books like this I would appreciate a head-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angelique | 3/11/2011

    " While I disagree with some of what Plotkin says (especially Cosi Fan Tutte being a 'sophisticated psychological drama') and it's a bit dumbed down, it's still helps you appreciate the form even more. "

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About the Author

Fred Plotkin has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, and other publications. He lectures frequently at the Smithsonian Institution, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University. He is the author of nine books, many of them on Italian topics. He lives in New York and Italy.