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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Opera

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Opera List

  • A - Z of Opera - CD

    ISBN: B00004YYRR
    This 2 CD set includes a 762 page booklet that covers plot synopses, background information and cast lists for hundreds of operas. The CDs include 39 pieces from operas by Mozart, Handel, Verdi and other great composers.
  • Amahl & the Night Visitors (Vocal Score Series)

    ISBN: 0881889652
    This vocal score is a new and revised edition of the well-known opera that made television history on Christmas Eve, 1951.
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    by Gian Carlo Menotti, Michele Lemieux (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0688054269
    In this gift edition of the classic Christmas opera, the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, meet a poor, crippled shepherd boy who offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. Ages 3-up
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
    Gian Carlo Menotti
    ISBN: B00000C2I7
  • Boy Who Grew Too Fast: A One-Act Opera for Young People, The
    by Gian Carlo Menotti
    ISBN: 0634003879
    From the composer of the classic Amahl and the Night Visitors comes this delightful musical fable about an immense 9-year-old new kid in town, Poponel Skosvodmonit. Perfect for school or family audiences.
  • Bravo! Brava! a Night at the Opera
    by Anne Siberell, Frederica Von Stade (Introduction)
    ISBN: 0195139666
    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.
  • Classical Child at the Opera, The

    ISBN: B00000J29D
    OPERA IS FOR EVERYONE and so, The Classical Child At the Opera was created to give children a taste of the magic, majesty and humor of this glorious art form. Well-known songs and arias have been selected that appeal to young sensibilities, while easy-to-follow English translations bring these delightful stories and characters to life. Care has been taken by the singers to present the music in a way that is light hearted and accessible sometimes gentle, sometimes raucous, but always positive and engaging.
  • Menotti - Martin's Lie
    Gian Carlo Menotti
    ISBN: B000005Z6N
    Amazon.com
    This premiere recording of Martin's Lie (1964) is an engaging church opera for boy soprano and various adults, and a pleasant diversion from Menotti's more popular Amahl. The artful orchestrations enhance the musical drama, and the singing is strong. Connor Burrowes as Martin performs with sincerity and crisp diction, and the choruses are lovely. The two song cycles--Five Songs and Canti Della Lontananza--hold their own against popular American song cycles, but Howarth and Legatte won't establish careers as recitalists based on this recording. While both are in fine voice, their interpretations are one-dimensional, rendering the listener unable to decipher the intention of the texts. --Barbara Eisner Bayer
  • Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors [CAST RECORDING]
    Gian Carlo Menotti
    ISBN: B000003EPE
    Amazon.com
    Back in the days when the forces that controlled television actually cared about art, it was perfectly normal to see original plays and live musical performances right in your living room. In 1950, Menotti was commissioned to write an opera for television, and on Christmas Eve, 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors was performed by the NBC Television Theater. This recording, under the composer's personal direction, was made a few days later, and it remains the definitive version, even though the sound is very dated and rough in places. This story of a poor shepherd boy's encounter with three kings and the miraculous healing of his crippled leg when he offers his crutch as a gift has captured audiences around the world ever since its premiere. Its charming mix of tuneful melody, dancing rhythms, delightful choruses, humor and poignancy, and an English text makes this work immediately accessible to audiences of all ages and musical tastes. --David Vernier
  • Menotti: Violin Concerto, The Death of Orpheus
    Gian Carlo Menotti
    ISBN: B00005UC3J
  • Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through 'The Magic Flute'

    ISBN: B00000212M
    A young girl falls into a production of Mozart's great opera "The Magic Flute." Sarah, Prince Tamino and a faint-hearted dragon embark on a magic journey from the dark realm of the Queen of the Night to Sarastro's enchanted castle, with only a magic flute and bells to guide them to the princess Pamina. Together they reunite Prince Tamino with his Princess and help the birdman Papageno find his Papagena.
    This recording includes the most popular themes and arias from the original opera, all freshly translated and recorded using child-appropriate verse. Lyrics included.
  • Opera for Everyone - Carmen
    Ira Ross
    ISBN: B00004UCA4
    This CD presents Georges Bizet Carmen
    Each CD in this series tells the story in two ways, first with words and then with music. Each track of narrative describes the action and Ira Ross suggests what to listen for in the music. It is followed by the related musical portion. This sequence is repeated for each major episode in the entire opera. The language used in the narrative is informative and easily understood. Each CD will be most enjoyable and helpful if it is listened to before and after watching the opera live, on videotape or TV, or listening to it on the radio or hi-fi. These CDs are a wonderful way for grandparents and parents to introduce their family to the Magic of Opera. Even if you never see the opera, listening to these CDs can be a great joy!
  • Opera for Everyone - La Traviata
    Ira Ross
    ISBN: B000059GBP
    Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Opera for Everyone - Madama Butterfly
    Ira Ross
    ISBN: B000069D54
    Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly
  • Opera for Everyone - The Barber of Seville
    Ira Ross
    ISBN: B00004UCA3
    Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville
  • Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy/My Favorite Opera For Everyone

    ISBN: B00000424Z
    Amazon.com
    This collection is chock full of some of opera's juiciest moments, sung by some of opera's greatest voices. Many are familiar whether you know their names: The elegant Barcarolle from Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the lazy, hazy soprano-mezzo "flower" duet from Lakme, the boastful "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, and the "Toreador Song" from Carmen sound like tunes from our subconscious by now; one could say the same about "Musetta's Waltz" and the other Bohème excerpts, as well as Figaro's rousing aria from The Barber of Seville. But the gorgeous quartet from Rigoletto's last act, as sung here by Pavarotti, Sutherland, Milnes, and Tourangeau will enchant, as well, the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor is dazzling, and if you don't know the "Sogno di Doretta" from Puccini's La Rondine, you're in for a beautiful treat. An aria from Tosca with Pavarotti will bring tears to your eyes. A truly fine anthology. --Robert Levine
  • Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy-My Favourite Opera For Children

    ISBN: B00000424Y
  • Sing Me a Story: The Metropolitan Opera's Book of Opera Stories for Children
    by Jane Rosenberg, Luciano Pavarotti (Introduction)
    ISBN: 0500278733
    In this vibrantly illustrated collection, 15 thrilling opera stories are brought to children in a most enjoyable way. From The Barber of Seville to Aida, these all-time favorite will stimulate a child's interest in the magic and passion of opera.
  • Wagner: Complete Ring Cycle/Solti

    ISBN: B0000042H4
    Amazon
    Modern storage media (CD/DVD) offer both high fidelity and great reliability in the playback of music. Yet only a bit more than a generation ago, the possibilities inherent in the long-playing record inspired John Culshaw, a young producer for Decca, to attempt the most ambitious recording project ever contemplated up to that time--a complete studio recording of the Ring. Though other Rings were issued after this landmark enterprise, none have equaled the Decca Ring in popularity. There are those who prefer live performances, or who feel that the sound and theatrical effects in this recording are overdone; nonetheless this remains the benchmark Ring, as shown by its seemingly endless rerelease schedule. The Ring effort was high profile at the time and helped nail down Sir Georg Solti's status as a "superstar" conductor and authoritative interpreter of the Wagnerian repertory. Another key contributor to the success of the project was the uniform excellence in the casting. Definitive performances given include Neidlinger's nietzschean Alberich, Stolze's whining Mime, Boehme's rumbling Fafnir, along with Nilsson in her prime-more a force of nature than a human voice. The care lavished on the capture of the music was unmatched at the time of the recording, and still leaves this as one of the best sounding Rings even today, when the oldest part (Rheingold) has reached its 40th anniversary. --Christian C. Rix
  • Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

    ISBN: B0000041OS
  • Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

    ISBN: B00004YYQL
    Three CD set.
    Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra with Octave Dua, Kirsten Flagstad, Leslie Horsman, Herbert Janssen, Emanuel List, Lauritz Melchior, Roy Devereux, Sabine Kalter, Frank Sale Conducted by Fritz Reiner
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