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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.

1. 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. Opera 101 is recognized as the standard text in English for anyone who wants to become an opera lover–a clear, friendly, and truly complete handbook to learning how to listen to opera, whether on the radio, on recordings, or live at…
Author(s): Fred Plotkin, Placido Domingo

2. 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? Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this question in their “effervescent, witty” (Die Welt, Germany) retelling of the history of opera, examining its development, the musical and dramatic means by which it communicates, and its role in society. Now with an expanded examination of opera as an institution in the twenty-first century, this “lucid and sweeping” (Boston Globe) narrative explores the…
Author(s): Carolyn Abbate, Roger Parker

3. 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. Leroux’s story, which he claims to have based on real events, has provided the basis for many adaptations on stage and screen. It is a thrilling…
Author(s): Gaston Leroux

4. 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. For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are  “worth looking out for,”  “really good,” or,…
Author(s): Sir Denis Forman

5. 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. #2,382,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5768 in Cyberpunk Science Fiction (Books) #5765 in Exploration Science Fiction…
Author(s): J.N. Chaney, Jonathan Yanez

6. 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. Within 4 weeks, the average person will be able to reduce bloating and belly fat; gain increased muscle definition in the arms, legs, and stomach; improve cardiovascular endurance; and break…
Author(s): Erin Oprea, Carrie Underwood

7. 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. A veteran amputee-turned-cyborg, he has a history of violence and a talent for killing that is unmatched by any soldier. With the promise of freedom as his only incentive, he’ll stop at nothing to earn back his life from the people who made him, imprisoned him, and were to afraid to let him die.Experience this exciting beginning to a brand new…
Author(s): J.N. Chaney, Scott Moon

8. 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. This first-hand testimony allows students to experience the history of…
Author(s): Piero Weiss

9. Eyewitness Companions: Opera (2006)

 Best Opera Books: The Ultimate ListThe authors present a book featuring everything you need to know about opera. It includes over 160 operas by 66 composers from around the world, and spans 400 years of music drama from late-Renaissance Italy to the latest exciting work from contemporary names including Philip Glass and Thomas Ades.” #295,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #831 in Music History & Criticism (Books) #665 in Opera Music (Books) #34573 in Reference (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Alan Riding

10. 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. Simon, this distinctive reference book contains act-by-act descriptions of 100 operatic works ranging from the historic early seventeenth century masterpieces of Monteverdi to the modern classics of Gian-Carlo Menotti….
Author(s): Henry W. Simon

Best Opera Books: The Ultimate List

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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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