The New Pocket Kobbe's Complete Opera Book is the world's leading reference work on opera, and (in the words of Bernard Levin) ' single-volume operatic guide can possibly compare with it'. Kobbe is the only book which summaries the libretti of the world's opera, describes their music and gives a history of their performance within a single volume. But it is a large and relatively expensive book. The new pocket edition, at a price accessable to the huge new audience for opera, has been redesigned and extended, existing entries have been rewritten, and new operas included. The total number of works covered is w over 200, including important new works like John Adams Nixon in China, Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain and Thomas Ades's Powder Her Face, and a number of half-forgotten works that are w undergoing revival. Unlike the previous edition, it is w simply arranged, alphabetically by composer. Lord Harewood's strongly individual commentaries, together with his unparalleled kwledge of and enthusiasm for opera, make the New Pocket Kobbe a book opera-goer can afford to be without.
George Henry Hubert Lascelles Harewood, Gustav Kobbe