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COMPLETE STORIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS by Milton Cross

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Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR RARE-------------COMPLETE STORIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS by Milton Cross, Drawings by Dolores Ramos. Milton Cross' Complete Stories of the Great Operas is an excellent resource for anyone checking out an opera. Cross does the job thoroughly -- not only does he give a detailed, insightful, act-by-act summary of the operas, but also provides a listing of the characters, the vocal types that should play them, the setting, the time, and a short biography of the composer (Strauss, Mozart, Verdi and many others). The summaries of all these operas, from "Aida" to Verdi's retelling of "Otello," is also rounded by a trio of essays: "How to Enjoy An Opera," which might help wary newcomers be more open-minded about operas as a whole, "A Brief History of Opera," and "The Ballet of Opera." Not to mention an extensive reading guide for more information on the subject. Most operas are more like Shakespeare than a modern movie -- to many average viewers, they seem almost incomprehensible if the plot isn't clear beforehand. But this book does an excellent job of bringing across the plot -- and many of the nuances -- of each opera without seeming dry or dull. In fact, it's a pretty fun read. It also has a wealth of interesting facts that can serve as unusual trivia -- for example, Beethoven wrote only one opera, when he found a suitable libretto for his work. And while the summaries don't get TOO detailed, often stretches of dialogue are examined and plot twists studied. It doesn't replace the live experience of watching an opera, but it does make sure that readers will understand what they see. For someone dabbling in opera, or even to a die-hard fan, Milton Cross' Complete Stories of the Great Operas is an invaluable handbook to keep nearby. Solid, entertaining and informative. PLUS----there are L-O-A-D-S of DRAWINGS!! You are bidding on the only stated Doubleday Edition from 1950. Other than ex libris markings, both the cover and the book are in positively excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight as a drum (see photo). Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. I gladly accept PayPal and as preferable forms of payment (no personal checks!). Paypal is an acceptable alternative. I will ship internationally for additional charges. So bid soon and often for this magnificent, impossible-to-find MUSIC COLLECTIBLE. *note: if a book is listed as a first edition, it is either described as "stated" (specific words or number line) or "only stated" (only mentioned edition) WANT TO SEE MORE?? COME VISIT MY STORE---BARRY'S BARGAIN BIN! OVER 4500 UNIQUE TITLES (no duplication) AND GROWING!!! BOOKS ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FIRST EDITION ! MUSIC! EVERYTHING (except death and taxes) IS NEGOTIABLE! IF BEST OFFER IS NOT A LISTED CHOICE, SEND ME A NOTE AND IT WILL BE. MAKE ME AN OFFER I CAN'T REFUSE!!----ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! (OCCASIONALLY, AN UNREASONABLE ONE AS WELL)---(NO HORSE'S HEAD IN THE BED, PLEASE!) CLICK HERE---- ****PLUS**** Check my auction listings for the STEAL OF THE DAY-----ONE BOOK---ONE BUCK---TAKE A LOOK---GOOD LUCK!!! Click Here---- Auctions Be sure to add me to your favorites list! Check out my other items! ****NEW IN THE STORE**** Every day is a sale day---50%25 off all items in a particular category---click here to see today's sale---
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