Opera 101, Plotkin
Author: Fred Plotkin
Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Hachette Books (2013)
Time to finally learn about opera? Look no further than Opera 101 — a clear, friendly and complete handbook on learning how to listen to opera, whether on the radio, on recordings or live at the opera house. Fred Plotkin, an internationally respected writer and teacher on opera, introduces the reader to elements making up opera, including a brief history of the medium, explanation of key operatic concepts, tips on how to approach your first opera and lists of recommended books and recordings.
A major portion of the text is devoted to an analysis of 11 key operas, including Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s Tosca. Once you have completed the book, you will be prepared to see and hear any opera you encounter and share your newly acquired knowledge with opera lovers new and old.