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Best Opera Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Opera books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera (1900)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListOpera 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 production values. If you’ve decided that the time has finally come to learn about opera and discover for yourself what it is about opera that sends your normally reserved friends into states of ecstatic abandon, this is the book for you.
Author(s): Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo

A History of Opera (2015)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate List“The best single volume ever written on the subject, such is its range, authority, and readability.”―Times Literary Supplement Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries?
Author(s): Carolyn Abbate, Roger Parker

The Phantom of the Opera (Akasha Classic) (2008)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListExperience for yourself the classic story of love, music, and murder which has captivated people for generations. When new managers take over the running of the Paris Opera House, they make light of warnings about a mysterious ghost who haunts the theater. But this Phantom is all too real, and attempts to ignore his demands have dangerous consequences. When a beautiful young singer becomes the object of fascination by both the Phantom and a handsome viscount, disaster is inevitable.
Author(s): Gaston Leroux

A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, The Recordings (Modern Library (Paperback)) (1998)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListWith an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera—its structure, composers, conductors, and artists—in this hugely informative guide. A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Author(s): Sir Denis Forman

Orion Awakened: An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure (Orion Colony) (2019)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListAn alien awakens from a long sleep.An impossible prophecy that cannot be ignored.Dean and his friends are trapped on a world they can barely comprehend with enemies on all sides and a growing need to survive. There’s more to this place than any of them could have dreamed.But what is the strange infection spreading across the forest, and where did it come from? Who or what is the Great Dawn?The world is full of secrets, and Dean Slade is at the center of it all.Time to discover the truth.
Author(s): J.N. Chaney, Jonathan Yanez

The 4 x 4 Diet: 4 Key Foods, 4-Minute Workouts, Four Weeks to the Body You Want (2018)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListCelebrity trainer and former marine Erin Oprea’s motto is “lean and clean.” Her unique 4 x 4 diet shows you how to get clean by reducing the 4 major hitches in most diets: sugar, starch, sodium, and alcohol. She also tells you how to get lean, using her 4-minute tabata workouts: 8 repititions of 20 seconds of high-intensity moves, then 10 seconds of rest.
Author(s): Erin Oprea, Carrie Underwood

The Last Reaper: An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure (2019)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListWhen a high value scientist is taken hostage inside the galaxy’s most dangerous prison, Halek Cain is the only man for the job.The last remaining survivor of the Reaper program, Hal is an unstoppable force of fuel and madness.
Author(s): J.N. Chaney, Scott Moon

Opera: A History in Documents (2002)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListIn Opera: A History in Documents, Piero Weiss presents a wide-ranging, vivid, and carefully researched tour of operatic history. A unique anthology of primary source material, this survey includes 115 chronologically organized selections–passages from private letters, public decrees, descriptions of first performances, portions of libretti, literary criticism and satire, newspaper reviews and articles, and poetry and fiction–from opera’s late Renaissance infancy through modern times.
Author(s): Piero Weiss

Eyewitness Companions: Opera (2006)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListThe authors present a book featuring everything you need to know about opera.
Author(s): Alan Riding

100 Great Operas And Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses (1989)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListAn invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and aficionados, 100 Great Operas is perhaps the most comprehensive and enjoyable volume of opera stories ever written.   From La Traviata to Aïda, from Carmen to Don Giovanni, here are the plots of the world’s best-loved operas, told in an engaging, picturesque, and readable manner. Written by noted opera authority Henry W.
Author(s): Henry W. Simon

Best Opera Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some opera books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Petroleum Rock Mechanics. Drilling Operations and Well Design

Author(s): Bernt Aadnoy and Reza Looyeh (Auth.)
ID: 1016946, Publisher: Gulf Professional Pub, Year: [2011], Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

Silent weapons for quiet wars : an introduction programming manual. Operations research technical manual TW-SW7905.1

Author(s): Anonymous
ID: 1611508, Publisher: , Year: [1986?], Size: 538 Kb, Format: pdf

Development Co-Operation Reviews : No. 35: Ireland.

Author(s): OECD
ID: 2147923, Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Set. 1999, Size: 542 Kb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly record-breakers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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