Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 June 2001

584 Pages | 42 color illus, 289 halftones & line illus

ISBN: 9780192854452

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The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera

Edited by Roger Parker

Oxford Illustrated History

This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history and social context of music's most lavish spectacle--opera. It surveys the history of opera from its beginnings to the present day, and deals with the staging, opera singers, and opera as a social event. As well as providing a historical narrative, the contributors (all experts in their field) discuss the complex development of opera and its relationship with other arts and culture generally. The many illustrations underline the richly visual nature of opera and the vivid extravagances of its staging and costume; they also provide a parallel visual history, supplementing and enriching the verbal narrative.