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Christmas Pressie, Opera Style!

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For my Xmas pressie this year,'s a thought.



Buying a gift for an Opera lover (or a wine connoisseur for that matter) can sometimes be as frightening as that dream where you show up naked at work! So here’s a go at one gift idea for the Opera fan on your list.

How about Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera by one of the world’s foremost opera scholar and musicologist around today, Philip Gossett? We know Gossett as an acclaimed expert on Rossini and Verdi, but with Divas and Scholars, Gossett also shows us his storytelling best in a storyline that’s as entertaining and charming as a novel. Singers, conductors, directors, musicologists, real or ideal characters are portrayed here with just the right irony (and self-irony).

Rupert Christiansen of The Spectator writes: “This enthralling and important book offers vital reading for anyone with a serious interest in opera. Written with unfailing clarity and waspish wit, it charts the musical problems, both theoretical and practical, presented by the autographed manuscripts, printed scores, and performances of this great corpus.”

And this year, you can get it in Italian — for that frighteningly serious Italian Opera fan. Buon Natale!

Written by Darla

December 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

Posted in opera gifts

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