A unique and authoritative A-Z reference work that will answer all your questions on who's who in opera, A Dictionary of Opera Characters contains over 2,500 lively entries on operatic characters, with information on the creator of the role and table performances. From Aeneas to Zaida, it provides extensive coverage of all the characters in operas from around the world and gives sypses for over 200 operas and operettas. It includes feature articles written by well-kwn personalities from the world of opera, such as Placido Domingo and Dame Janet Baker, plus, new to this edition, articles contributed by Christine Brewer, Susan Bullock, Joyce DiDonato, and Simon Keenlyside. Recommended opera-related web links are listed for relevant and up-to-date extra information. The appendix of contemporary opera of the last ten years provides detailed sypses followed by the cast list of people who sang at the world premiere. This book is an invaluable source of reference for professionals and amateurs alike, and a fascinating read for anyone curious about opera.
Joyce Bourne practised for almost 30 years as an anaesthetist and general practitioner until her retirement in 1990. She has a lifelong interest in and love of music and co-authored with her husband The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music.