Opera Houses of the World

Opera Houses of the World

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Photographs, illustrations, and descriptive text explore renowned opera houses around the world

Book News
A lavish presentation (anything less wouldn't do justice to the extravagance of opera itself) showcasing 50 structures from around the world. Full-page color photos of interiors and exteriors and of performers and audiences, along with architectural drawings, accompany descriptive, historical, technical, and anecdotal text. Arrangement is in sections featuring court architecture, Europe's model theaters, heirs of a tradition, 20th-century variations, theaters of the future, and opera houses transformed. Distributed by Rizzoli through St. Martin's Press. 10.75x12.75" Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Renaissance Europe, with its humanistic impulse, may have brought the cathedral-building Middle Ages to an end, but it rechanneled the religious fervor of the old era into a new cult, the cult of opera, whose grandiose rites demanded theatres as monumental and as prominently placed as any cathedral ever built.
In Opera Houses of the World the musicologist Thierry Beauvert narrates in text and glorious image alike, the story of those fabulous buildings - the princes of the blood or of commerce who commissioned them, the architects who designed and decorated them, the composers who wrote for them, the golden-voiced singers who performed on their stages, and even the audiences who still attend performances like worshippers in sacred temples.

Publisher: New York : Vendome Press : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Rizzoli International Publications through St. Martin's Press, c1996
Description: 277 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
ISBN: 9780865659773
Branch Call Number: 725.822 Bea


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