This "electronic book" is a labor of love. I invite you to read it and, if you wish, copy it. I only hope that you will enjoy it. Opera is a fascinating art form.

I am interested in your comments - good or bad - because, as time goes by, I will add other chapters to my electronic book on opera. You can e-mail your comments to me at:

glively@worldnet.att.net

Enjoy!

-- Gerald Lively

CHAPTERS

Introduction

1.
Oh, No! Uncle George is Listening to Opera Again!

2.
Does That Come from an Opera?

3.
Ready or Not, Here We Go

4.
Opera-for-Orchestra as Heresy

5.
In the Beginning . . . and Somewhat Beyond

6.
That Sounds Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

7.
Opera's Red-Headed Stepchild

8.
A Voice to Meet Every Need

9.
Operas In Bits and Pieces

10.
Now You're Ready!

11.
One More Time?

12.
Your First Live Opera

13.
Did I Ever Tell You the Story About . . . ?

Appendix A -
A Chronology of Opera and Operetta Composers

Appendix B -
An Opera Crossword Puzzle

 

 

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