Great Operatic Disasters

It is also one of the most accident prone, and when things go wrong, they tend to do so on a grand scale. Great Operatic Disasters records some of the most memorable calamities from opera houses around the world.

Author: Hugh Vickers

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312346348

Category: Music

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To its devotees, opera is the most sublime of arts. It is also one of the most accident prone, and when things go wrong, they tend to do so on a grand scale. Great Operatic Disasters records some of the most memorable calamities from opera houses around the world. Most of them are true, some have been embroidered over the years, and a few, well, se non e vero, e ben trovato.

Even Greater Operatic Disasters

Author: Hugh Vickers

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ISBN: 9780906908624

Category: Opera

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Great Operas

HarperCollins, 1998); Vickers, H., Great Operatic Disasters (London: Macmillan,
1981); Vickers, H., Even Greater Operatic Disasters (London: Jill Norman &
Hobhouse Ltd, 1982); Spaethling, R., Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life (London:
Faber ...

Author: Michael Steen

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1848314604

Category: Music

Page: 488

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With four famous operas each from Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, and two each from Rossini and Donizetti, there is a feast of information. Here are short guides to The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni; to the splendour of Aïda, the heart-breaking La Traviata; the drama of Tosca. The range is very broad. There is Wagner’s great love story Tristan und Isolde; there is Johann Strauss’s light comedy Die Fledermaus. On the way you can be briefed about such favourites as Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Britten’s Peter Grimes. With plot summaries, composer biographies, observations on musical points of interest and background on the historical and cultural context of each opera, every one of these guides will enhance your appreciation and enjoyment and help you discuss the work and the performance with your fellow opera-goers. Steen shares his expert knowledge with a lightness of touch that makes each guide a pleasure to read. Witty, informative and beautifully presented, Great Operas is an indispensable reference guide for both seasoned opera-goers and those enjoying opera for the first time.

Even Greater Operatic Disasters

Author: Hugh Vickers

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ISBN: 9780333345351

Category: Opera

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Puccini s Tosca

The story, set in the Napoleonic, era was ideal for Puccini, a chain-smoker who enjoyed women, shooting birds, and high-speed motor cars.

Author: Michael Steen

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848314582

Category: Music

Page: 32

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Tosca’s première in Rome in January 1900 was nearly disrupted by a terrorist threat to blow up Italy’s King Umberto. Victorien Sardou had written the melodrama for the great actress Sarah Bernhardt. Giacomo Puccini’s popular opera is a tale of sadism and brutality, torture, attempted rape, murder, an execution and two suicides. ‘Realism’ was in vogue: Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana had been a great success, as had Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. With sharp practice, the publisher Giulio Ricordi obtained ‘Tosca’ for Puccini, who had already composed Manon Lescaut and La Bohème. The story, set in the Napoleonic, era was ideal for Puccini, a chain-smoker who enjoyed women, shooting birds, and high-speed motor cars. A political prisoner seeks sanctuary in the church where prima donna Floria Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi, a role associated with Pavarotti, is painting a picture of Mary Magdalen. In Va, Tosca! the police chief Scarpia fantasises about Tosca during a Te Deum celebrating Napoleon’s victory. Tosca stabs Scarpia following the famous operatic aria, Vissi d’arte, immortalised by Maria Callas on stage and in the film produced by Franco Zeffirelli. Awaiting death before dawn in the Castel Sant’Angelo, Cavaradossi sings the well-known arias E lucevan le stelle and O dolci mani. Tosca’s attempt to save him comes to nothing. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read. They are packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Carmen.

Bravo Brava A Night at the Opera

Opera: A Listeneri Guide. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. Somerset—Ward,
Richard. The Story of Opera. New York: Abrams, 1998. Vickers, Hugh. Great
Operatic Disasters. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979. Warrack, John Hamilton,
and ...

Author: Anne Siberell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190286148

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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A delightful introduction to opera, Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera teaches elementary school children what opera is by showing how it is made. "Who writes the words?", "Who makes an opera happen? "Who is backstage?"--these questions and more are answered with easy-to-understand explanations and are illustrated with whimsical watercolors by the author. From composer, choreographer, and costume designers to the conductor, lighting and special effects crew, and, of course, the singers, the excitement builds as Anne Siberell explains each person's role in producing an opera. Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera reveals details of the most famous operas' plots and characters along the way and includes synopses of 27 popular operas, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an index.

The Bumper Book of Operatic Disasters

This book includes: the Tosca who bounced; the soprano who sang an entire aria stuck upside down in a sedan chair; and the Duke of Manuta who swallowed his moustache.

Author: Hugh Vickers

Publisher: Pan Books Limited

ISBN: 9780330373050

Category: Social Science

Page: 130

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Bizet s Carmen

A Short Guide to a Great Opera Michael Steen. The sound of the bullfight can be
heard in the ... 103; Vickers, H., Even Greater Operatic Disasters (London: Jill
Norman & Hobhouse Ltd, 1982) p. 59; Lucas, J., Thomas Beecham (Woodbridge,
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Author: Michael Steen

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848315511

Category: Music

Page: 32

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The Paris audience in 1875 was shocked by the sexually explicit realism of Bizet’s exotic operatic masterpiece, its ‘verismo’ depiction of low life and brutal passion. But since the disastrous première – a sensational failure which hastened Bizet’s premature death – it has been the greatest operatic success. It led to a film opera, a jazz opera, a rock ballet and a Broadway musical. Equally, it impressed great composers including Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. The story, written by Prosper Mérimée and adapted by librettists Meilhac and Halévy, is set in colourful Seville, in southern Spain, renowned for bullfights. The corporal Don José is seduced by Carmencita, a gypsy whore who works in a tobacco factory. With her Habanera (a Cuban dance like the tango) and Andalusian Seguidilla, she charms him, and escapes prison. She falls for Escamillo, a celebrity toreador associated with the famous tune Toréador en garde. Don José’s Flower Song fails to win her for long. We visit the haunt of Seville’s demi-monde, Lillas Pastia’s bodega, and a gypsy encampment in the mountains, before José stabs Carmen outside the bullring. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read. They are packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Eugene Onegin.

Great Planning Disasters

"Wide-ranging, significant, and readable...It will earn respect in non-academics as well as academic circles. A first-rate job."—Lloyd Rodwin

Author: Peter Hall

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520046078

Category: Architecture

Page: 308

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"Wide-ranging, significant, and readable...It will earn respect in non-academics as well as academic circles. A first-rate job."—Lloyd Rodwin

Music and Musicians

95 Having found some of Hugh Vickers ' first book of Great Operatic Disasters
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The Clarinet

My favorite book has always been Great Operatic Disasters , the most famous
one being the end of Tosca , when the soprano had a mattress behind the
scenery to land on when she throws herself over the battlements , but the stage
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5100 VICKERS , Hugh : Great operatic disasters ( 1979 ) Even greater operatic
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The Historic Record AV Collector Quarterly

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Opera

Now appears that David Franklin has told this story in Great Operatic Disasters as
having happened with Glyndebourne in Edinburgh during Don Giovanni - it may
have , but all I know is that it did happen in Aida and I was there ! I was once ...

Author: George Henry Hubert Lascelles Earl of Harewood

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Country Life

OPERA veneer of social elegance with its disrupting comic energy , is precisely
what caused the furore when the opera ... many had already entered it in the
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Opera the Extravagant Art

Opera fans generally relish stories about unintentional stage disasters — such as
when the swan supposedly once ... The book was apparently popular enough to
justify a sequel , Even Greater Operatic Disasters ( New York : St. Martin's Press ...

Author: Herbert Lindenberger

Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press

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Category: Music

Page: 297

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Discusses the formal relations between opera and drama, aesthetic representation, the portrayal of opera in novels, and cultural attitudes toward opera

Great Operas

After a great many resolutions and reciprocal assurances to this effect , as was
the way in Italian opera finales of that period , they take themselves off , leaving
Violetta with the stage to herself for the ... Would a serious love bring her disaster
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Author: Ernest Newman

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Category: Operas

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Essays on 30 operatic masterpieces.