Wagner without Fear
Learning to Love and Even Enjoy Opera's Most Demanding Genius
By (author) William Berger
Wagner without Fear by William Berger
Book DescriptionDo you cringe when your opera-loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan? Do you feel faint just thinking about the six-hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to? Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannhä user complex? If you're baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you've longed to fathom the mysteries of Wagner's ever-increasing popularity, or if you just want to better understand and enjoy the performances you're attending, you'll find this delightful book indispensable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375700545
(210mm x 133mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William Berger
Verdi with a Vengeance, Paperback (November 2001)» View all books by William Berger
Provides background on the artist's childhood and struggle with success, scene-by-scene analyses of such operas as Aida, La traviata, and Don Carlos, and a discussion on his musical recordings.
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Author Biography - William Berger
William Berger was born in California and studied Romance languages and music at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He worked for five years at the San Francisco Opera Company, where he acquired for the comapny's recorded music collection and translated for visiting performers. He has taught language at Baruch College in New York City. He contributed to James Skofield's libretto for The Dracula Diaries, an opera with music by Robert Moran, and has just completed the libretto for The Wolf of Gubbio, with the composer Patrick Barnes. Mr Berger currently lives in New York and is at work on a performance piece, Karajan's Wake
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