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Verdi with a Vengeance: An Energetic Guide to the Life and Complete Works of the King of Operaby William Berger
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Everything you could possibly know about Verdi and his operas, from the brilliant and humorous author of Wagner Without Fear.
If you want to know why La traviata was actually a flop at its premiere in 1853, it's in here.If you want to know why claiming to have heard Bjorling's Chicago performance of Il trovatore is the classic opera fan faux pas, it's in here.Even if you just want to know how to pronounce Aida, or what the plot of Rigoletto is all about, this is the place to look.From the composer's intense hatred of priests to synopses of the operas and a detailed discography of the best recordings to buy, it can all be found in Verdi with a Vengeance.William Berger has given another improbable performance, serving up a book as thorough as it is funny and as original as it is astute, an utterly indispensable guide for novice and expert alike.
Provides background on the artist's childhood and struggle with success, scene-by-scene analyses of such operas as Aida, La traviata, and Don Carlos, and a discussion on his musical recordings.
Everything you could possibly know about Verdi and his operas, from the brilliant and humorous
About the Author
William Berger lives in New York City.
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