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  • I Am Melba

    A Biography

    by Ann Blainey ...
    The story of an Australian girl who defied convention and became the most famous singer of her era.Growing up in Melbourne, Nellie Mitchell dreamed of fame, but her devout father disapproved. When a chance arose to go to Paris, she trusted in her musical talent and hoped for a lucky break.Within a few years, reborn as Nellie Melba, she was performing to overflowing concert halls, hobnobbing with ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • An Unofficial Marriage

    A Novel about Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev

    by Joie Davidow ...
    For Fans of Alexander Chee's best-selling novel, The Queen of the Night and opera fans everywhere.Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of 19th century Europe, An Unofficial Marriage dramatizes the equally tumultuous real-life love affair of two great artists—the famous Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, and the celebrated French opera singer, Pauline Viardot. From the moment he encounters ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

  • Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

    A Companion

    This is the first literal, word-for-word translation of Wagners epic masterwork with the full German text. It is at once reliable and readable, adhering closely to the original verse form and to Wagners poetic intentions. The German text is given in parallel, and Spencer also contributes illuminating footnotes and an introductory essay. Specially commissioned essays discuss the Cycles musical ... Read more

    $33.32 AUD

  • Wagner: libretti of 13 operas

    This file includes (in the original German): Das Liebesverbot; Der Fliegende Holländer; Die Feen; Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg; Lohengrin Der Ring des Nibelungen" (Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung); Parsifal; Rienzi; Tannhäuser; Tristan und Isolde. According to Wikipedia: "Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 13 February 1883) was a German composer, conductor, theatre ... Read more

    $1.48 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Verdi: libretti of 27 operas

    This file includes: Aida, Alzira, Aroldo, Attila, Don Carlo, Ernani, Falstaff, Giovanni d'Arco, I Due Foscari, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, I Masnadieri, I Vespri Sciliani, Il Corsaro, Il Trovatore, La Battaglia de Legnano, La Forza di Destino, La Traviata, Luisa Miller, Macbeth, Nabucco, Oberto, Otello, Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Stiffelio, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Un Giorno di Regno. ... Read more

    $1.48 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Puccini: libretti of 9 operas

    This file includes libretti of: Edgar, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro, La Bohème, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, Tosca, Turandot, and Villi, in the original Italian. According to Wikipedia: "Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (22 December 1858 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas, including La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, are among the most ... Read more

    $1.48 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing

    series Cambridge Introductions to Literature
    This Introduction is an exciting journey through the different styles of theatre that twentieth-century and contemporary directors have created. It discusses artistic and political values, rehearsal methods and the diverging relationships with actors, designers, other collaborators and audiences, and treatment of dramatic material. Offering a compelling analysis of theatrical practice, Christopher ... Read more

    $27.16 AUD

  • The Ring of the Nibelung

    A retelling of Richard Wagner’s opera

    Richard Wagner’s “total work of art,” the monumental, gripping, and fathomlessly deep story of the ring of the Nibelung, is here translated and narrated in a completely new fashion: breathless and distilled, it becomes the most exciting suspense novel of the opera world. The author follows the creator, dividing the spectacle into its four parts, “Rhinegold,” “The Valkyrie,” “Siegfried,” and ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • Mozart's The Magic Flute - Opera Journeys Libretto Series

    A newly translated LIBRETTO with foreign language and english translation side-by-side, AND Music Highlight Examples. ... Read more

    $14.07 AUD

  • Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography

    Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography traces the career of one of the most significant — and most popular — composers of the twentieth century. Using materials from previously closed archives in the USSR, from archives in Paris and London, and interviews with family members and musicians who knew and worked with Prokofiev, the biography illuminates the life and music of the prolific creator of such ... Read more

    $14.96 AUD

  • Verdi's La Traviata

    A Short Guide to a Great Opera

    by Michael Steen ...
    series Great Operas
    Verdi’s now-popular opera was a fiasco in Venice in 1853, attributable perhaps to the prima donna being noticeably obese, despite apparently wasting with tuberculosis. Soon, however, Verdi’s scandalous love story was on stage contemporaneously at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Covent Garden and Drury Lane.Piave’s libretto depicts Violetta and Alfredo Germont, the Marguerite and Armand of The Lady with the ... Read more

    $2.99 AUD

  • Hallelujah Junction

    Composing an American Life

    by John Adams ...
    'Sometimes I liken the creative act to that of being a good gardener. The musical material itself, the harmonies, rhythms, the timbres and tempi, are seeds you have planted. Composing, bringing forth the final formal arrangement of these elements, is often a business of watching them grow, knowing when to nourish and water them and when to prune and weed.'A book unlike anything ever written by a ... Read more

    $17.92 AUD

  • The Modern Castrato

    Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age

    The Modern Castrato: Gaetano Guadagni and the Coming of a New Operatic Age chronicles the career of the most significant castrato of the second half of the eighteenth-century. Through a coincidence of time and place, Gaetano Guadagni was on the forefront of the heroic opera reform, and many forward-thinking composers of the age created roles for him. Author Patricia Howard reveals that Guadagni ... Read more

    $74.13 AUD

  • Fortissimo

    Backstage at the Opera with Sacred Monsters and Young Singers

    H. L. Mencken declared that “the opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.” It was not meant as a compliment, but to William Murray, former New Yorker staff writer and aspiring opera singer, a bawdy house is an apt metaphor for the opera: a place of confusion, high and low drama, fleshly pleasures and raucous song.In Fortissimo, Murray follows twelve young singers in the Lyric Opera ... Read more

    $9.89 AUD

  • Time to Say Hello

    My Autobiography

    The UK's biggest-selling classical artist reveals how her angelic voice has shot her to superstardom...Katherine Jenkins is an international singing superstar who has redefined a music genre: she has brought classical music to the masses and inspired young and old with her incredible voice, her glamorous looks and, above all, her love for music, her country and her fans.Born in Neath, South Wales, ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Tchaikovsky

    The Man and his Music

    This volume uniquely combines a lively biography of one of the best-loved composers of the nineteenth century with a detailed chronological guide to much of his oeuvre, from the most popular - Swan Lake or the 1812 Overture - to the lesser known pieces. David Brown enthusiastically and sensitively guides the reader through Tchaikovsky's music in the context of his life. His writing on the music is ... Read more

    $17.92 AUD

  • A History of Opera

    The Last Four Hundred Years

    Opera is in many ways the most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years. Prohibitively expensive and patently unrealistic, it can nevertheless paint the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book, the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions of many works by the greatest opera composers, from ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro - Opera Journeys Libretto Series

    A newly translated LIBRETTO with foreign language and english translation side-by-side, AND Music Highlight Examples. ... Read more

    $14.07 AUD

  • Redemption Through Love!

    An Irreverent Guide to Wagnerian Opera Thrills Without Being a Nut

    by Beth Elliott ...
    There is a world of music, beautiful, thrilling, powerful and romantic music, that one composer wrote to express the theme of Redemption Through Love! He wrote this music for “sacred music dramas” he believed could transform the world through art. His stories come from legends and mythology and folk tales, and he meant them to resonate deep within the subconscious mind, long before modern ... Read more

    $7.47 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Dance of the Spirits Orfeo ed Euridice Beginner Piano Sheet Music

    Easy Note Style Sheet MusicLetter Names of Notes embedded in each Notehead!Quality Custom Made Original Sheet Music Arrangements ... Read more

    $3.59 AUD

  • Learn to Sing!

    If you are an aspiring singer, or already sing for a living, this book will guide you through advanced techniques in improving your singing, breathing and control, to further develop your talent. The book includes numerous singing exercises, developing vocals, breathing, being on stage and much more inside information. ... Read more

    $6.63 AUD

  • The Cambridge Companion to the Lied

    series Cambridge Companions to Music
    Beginning several generations before Schubert, the Lied first appears as domestic entertainment. In the century that follows it becomes one of the primary modes of music-making. By the time German song comes to its presumed conclusion with Richard Strauss's 1948 Vier letzte Lieder, this rich repertoire has moved beyond the home and keyboard accompaniment to the symphony hall. This is a 2004 ... Read more

    $43.00 AUD

  • The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

    series Cambridge Companions to Music
    This 2003 Companion is a fascinating and accessible exploration of the world of grand opera. Through this volume a team of scholars and writers on opera examine those important Romantic operas which embraced the Shakespearean sweep of tragedy, history, love in time of conflict, and the struggle for national self-determination. Rival nations, rival religions and violent resolutions are common ... Read more

    $43.00 AUD

  • Puccini's Madama Butterfly - Opera Journeys Libretto Series

    A newly translated LIBRETTO with foreign language and english translation side-by-side, AND Music Highlight Examples. ... Read more

    $14.07 AUD