Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker, A History of Opera

Brian J. Hart


While colored by strong biases, particularly regarding the present state of opera, A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker provides a thorough accounting of opera’s historical development as well as rich and penetrating insights into many of its greatest monuments. Abbate and Parker’s book will best be absorbed by graduate readers already conversant with the basics of opera history. But opera lovers of all backgrounds will find much to ponder in this book as they discover many new and stimulating insights about the power this art form experts.


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