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A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne by M. Owen Lee

By M. Owen Lee

Father Owen Lee is the world over recognized for his intermission commentaries featured throughout the Saturday afternoon declares from the Metropolitan Opera residence in ny. A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne gathers jointly for the 1st time Father Lee's top broadcast and cassette commentaries, public lectures, and articles on twenty-three works for the musical level. The essays variety from the pioneering Orpheus of Monteverdi to the forward-looking Ariadne of Richard Strauss. incorporated are Father Lee's recognized discussions of Mozart's Magic Flute and Beethoven's Fidelio , Verdi's l. a. Traviata and Falstaff , Wagner's Tristan und Isolde , and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites . The concluding bankruptcy, initially released because the lead article within the Opera Quarterly 's exact factor at the finish of the 20 th century, is a thought-provoking forecast of opera's destiny. innovations for extra analyzing, CD recordings, and video clips also are integrated. Opera Canada has applauded Father Lee's 'extraordinary skill to have interaction, problem, and enlighten an enormous and various audience' and known as his learning-worn-lightly commentaries 'a distinctive mixture of non secular empathy, classical scholarship, and mental insight.' Opera fans, or someone attracted to psychology and mythology, humanities and comparative literature, or the paintings of the essay will welcome this ebook.

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