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Verdi with a Vengeanceby William Berger
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Discover the world of the most popular opera composer of all time: entombed lovers ("Aida"), tragic courtesans ("La Traviata"), Shakespearean heroes ("Otello" and "Macbeth"), and even Attila the Hun ("Attila") populate Verdi's operas, and this introductory guide shows us why Verdi's music is coming back — "with a vengeance". With the same wit and accessibility he brought to Wagner Without Fear, Will Berger provides everything you need to discover Verdi. His enthusiasm is infectious and sure to delight the new opera fan, while his original insights on each opera will intrigue the die-hard Verdians.
Have you ever found yourself wondering who precisely Aida is, and why all the fuss? Are you embarrassed to admit that you've no earthly idea what Rigoletto is about? Perhaps you've wondered about the nineteenth-century political implications of the suicide in Ernani, or why Il trovatore could be the unacknowledged source of rock 'n' roll, or what exactly was the nature of the relationship between Alexandre Dumas and Marie Duplessis, the woman who inspired the role of Violetta in La traviata? Maybe you simply want to know why so many believe the world can be divided into two populations: those "who think that Don Carlos is the Greatest Thing That Has Ever Happened to Art", and everybody else.
Whatever it is you could possibly want to know about Verdi — from the composer's intense hatred of priests to historical sources for all the operas to a detailed discussion of what to expect from a performance — it is all in Verdi with a Vengeance. William Berger, inimitable author of Wagner Without Fear, has once again defied all odds by writing a book as indispensable for the newcomer as it is for the expert, a unique book that is as fascinating as it is helpful, as funny as it is smart.
About the Author
William Berger lives in New York City.
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