Everything you could possibly kw about Verdi and his operas, from the delightfully witty author of Wagner without Fear. If you want to kw why La Traviata was actually a flop at its premiere in 1853, it's in here. If you want to kw why claiming to have heard Bjorling's Chicago performance of II Trovatore is the classic opera fan faux pas, it's in here. Even if you just want to kw how to prounce Aida, or what the plot of Rigoletto is all about, this is the place to look. From the composer's intense hatred of priests to sypses of the operas and a detailed discography of the best recordings to buy - it can all be found in VERDI WITH A VENGEANCE. William Berger has given ather bravura performance, serving up a book as thorough as it is funny and as original as it is astute, an utterly indispensable guide for vice and expert alike.