Short Guides to a Great Opera

Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, informative and entertaining books about opera. His expert knowledge is combined with a light touch that makes each guide accessible and easy to read.

This unique collection contains indispensable reference guides which are packed with useful information and informed opinion for both seasoned opera-goers and those enjoying opera for the first time.

Alongside plot summaries and notes on musical points of interest, he delves into the historical and cultural context, picking out snippets of fascinating information to entertain, amuse and enlighten.

They are the perfect accompaniment to a night with an opera – whether that’s at home, in a cinema or at the opera house.

Reading them will enhance appreciation, enjoyment and discussion. They will help to maximise enjoyment of a great musical experience.

There are individual eGuides for the ‘Top Ten’ most popular operas and compendium eGuides in the series The Great Opera Companion: Short Guides to a Hundred Best Operas. 

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