Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music, Bauer/Voigt

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Giuseppe Verdi dominated Italian opera for 50 years, and his operas are performed throughout the world today. Verdi for Kids offers young readers an accessible, behind-the-scenes peek into the exciting world of opera and traces Verdi’s path to fame, delving into the great composer’s childhood, musical training, family tragedies and professional setbacks and successes. Kids also learn about the Italians’ passion for opera and Italy’s tumultuous past, key political figures and cultural pastimes. Aspiring sopranos, baritones, musicians, conductors, and stage directors will learn about opera jobs and production, what happens at rehearsal and music terms and vocabulary, gaining an understanding of opera’s rich tradition.

Offering a timeline, glossary and list of additional resources, Verdi for Kids is an engaging resource for students, parents and teachers. Fun hands-on activities illuminate both the music concepts introduced and the times in which Verdi lived.

About Helen Bauer:

Helen Bauer is the author of Young People’s Guide to Classical Music. A classically trained musician and former piano, music theory and reading teacher, she worked with Leonard Bernstein on his nationally televised Young People’s Concerts and performed at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere.