A Mad Love

A Mad Love

An Introduction to Opera

A lively introduction to opera, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century

There are few art forms as visceral and emotional as opera-and few that are as daunting for newcomers. A Mad Love offers a spirited and indispensable tour of opera’s eclectic past and present, beginning with Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in 1607, generally considered the first successful opera, through classics like Carmen and La Boheme, and spanning to Brokeback Mountain and The Death of Klinghoffer in recent years. Musician and critic Vivien Schweitzer acquaints readers with the genre’s most important composers and some of its most influential performers, recounts its long-standing debates, and explains its essential terminology.

Today, opera is everywhere, from the historic houses of major opera companies to movie theaters and public parks to offbeat performance spaces and our earbuds. A Mad Love is an essential book for anyone who wants to appreciate this living, evolving art form in all its richness.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Music / Genres & Styles / Opera

On Sale: September 18th 2018

Price: $27 / $35.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780465096930

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Praise

"Dynamic. Passionate. Searing. ALIVE! Vivien Schweitzer's A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera captures everything I love about this often misunderstood art form. She connects the stories and musical treasures from across the centuries of opera to go straight to the heart of why opera is addictive and life-affirming. This is the perfect starting point if you're a beginner, and an ideal landing point if you need to be reminded of why you fell in love with opera in the first place!"—Joyce DiDonato
"A lively and engaging introduction to an art form that belongs to us all, whether or not we know it yet. Welcome in."—Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and professor of music and journalism, University of Southern California

Meet The Author: Vivien Schweitzer

Vivien Schweitzer is a writer and pianist based in New York. She worked for ten years as a classical music and opera critic for the New York Times. She has also written for the BBC, the Moscow Times, and the Economist. Discover More