The History of Opera
From the origins of opera in the 16th century to the works of Britten and Birtwistle, this audio guide to the art form tells the story of its development across Europe. The text by the award-winning writer and librettist Richard Fawkes is read by actor Robert Powell and accompanied by more than 100 musical examples, including performances by some of the 20th century’s greatest singers. 4 CDs; running time 5hrs 17mins.
The Knowledge: Opera
In a concise introduction to opera, from its history to synopses of the most popular works, Dennis Marks (1948–2015), the former General Director of English National Opera, explains ‘what gives this strange activity the power to inspire the novice and obsess the enthusiast’. Slightly off-mint.