When the Fat Lady Sings

When the Fat Lady Sings

Opera History as It Ought to Be Taught

Book - 2000
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In the 10 years since its first publication, When the Fat Lady Sings has sold more than 60,000 copies worldwide. Now, to celebrate a decade of delighting opera fans and foes alike, musical historian and humorist David Barber has prepared a special revised and expanded edition of his hilarious bestselling history of opera. Chapters such as Serious Buffoonery , Teutonic Tunesmiths and, of course, Italian Sausage Machines display Barber's rapier wit and knack for knowing fascinating, if sometimes useless, information about music, musicians and the offbeat world they live in. This expanded edition includes new material ranging from Strauss to ragtime, opera to the Tenor Menace. From Italian castrati to German Ring-bearers, from Handel's fights with rival sopranos to Puccini's nicotine habit, the author of Bach, Beethoven and the Boys and Tenors, Tantrums and Trills delivers a funny yet informative, irreverent yet affectionate history of serious music's most serious art form as only he can - and as only he would dare to do.

Publisher: Toronto : Sound and Vision, c2000.
Edition: Rev. & expanded ed. --
ISBN: 9780920151341
Branch Call Number: 782/.1/0207/Bar/2000 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xv, 145 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Donald, David C.


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