Opera

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“Weis’ book is particularly fascinating in offering a detailed picture of the place of the courtesan in 19th century Parisian social life.”

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“There are detailed descriptions of performances of the opera and adaptations it inspired and the book is richly illustrated.

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English opera in the 1920s may seem to some an odd topic. What we now know as the Royal Opera did not begin until after World War II.

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“a valuable and blessedly concise addition to the literature.”

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Verdi’s life was the stuff operas are made of: sex scandals, political turmoil, creative pitfalls, testy divas, and meddling producers, but nothing stopped him from becoming the most famous opera c

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Actor-writer Simon Callow has published books on larger-than-life figures Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, and Orson Welles.

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Fans of Verdi's opera La Traviata and readers who enjoy biographies of courtesans won't want to miss this gem by Rene Weis, a regular contributor to the Royal Opera House programs.