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Wagner Without Fear: Learning to Love-And Even Enjoy-Opera's Most Demanding Genius

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Publisher Comments:

Do you cringe when your opera-loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan? Do you feel faint just thinking about the six-hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to? Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannhäuser complex? If you're baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you've longed to fathom the mysteries of Wagner's ever-increasing popularity, or if you just want to better understand and enjoy the performances you're attending, you'll find this delightful book indispensable.

William Berger is the most helpful guide one could hope to find for navigating the strange and beautiful world of the most controversial artist who ever lived. He tells you all you need to know to become a true Wagnerite--from story lines to historical background; from when to visit the rest room to how to sound smart during intermission; from the Jewish legend that possibly inspired Lohengrin to the tragic death of the first Tristan. Funny, informative, and always a pleasure to read, Wagner Without Fear proves that the art of Wagner can be accessible to everyone.

Includes:

- The strange life of Richard Wagner--German patriot (and exile), friend (and enemy) of Liszt and Nietzsche

- Essential opera lore and "lobby talk"

- A scene-by-scene analysis of each opera

- What to listen for to get the most from the music

- Recommended recordings, films, and sound tracks

Synopsis:

A witty and informative guide that tells readers all they need to know--from storylines to historical background and from when to visit the rest room to how to sound smart during intermission. Funny and a pleasure to read, "Wagner Without Fear" proves that the art of Wagner can be accessible to everyone.

About the Author

William Berger was born in California and studied Romance languages and music at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  He worked for five years at the San Francisco Opera Company, where he acquired for the comapny's recorded music collection and translated for visiting performers.  He has taught language at Baruch College in New York City.  He contributed to James Skofield's libretto for The Dracula Diaries, an opera with music by Robert Moran, and has just completed the libretto for The Wolf of Gubbio, with the composer Patrick Barnes.  Mr Berger currently lives in New York and is at work on a performance piece, Karajan's Wake

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375700545
Author:
Berger, William
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Wagner, richard, 1813-1883
Subject:
Wagner, Richard
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Music | Opera
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.03x5.21x1.04 in. .82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A witty and informative guide that tells readers all they need to know--from storylines to historical background and from when to visit the rest room to how to sound smart during intermission. Funny and a pleasure to read, "Wagner Without Fear" proves that the art of Wagner can be accessible to everyone.
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