“Weis’ book is particularly fascinating in offering a detailed picture of the place of the courtesan in 19th century Parisian social life.”
“There are detailed descriptions of performances of the opera and adaptations it inspired and the book is richly illustrated.
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.
“a valuable and blessedly concise addition to the literature.”
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
Actor-writer Simon Callow has published books on larger-than-life figures Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, and Orson Welles.
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.