Wednesday, October 04, 2006

In 2009 Book, Placido Domingo To Reveal Why Opera -- A Mysterious, Curious, And Strange Art Form -- Is Ultimately Transcendent

..."'Opera for so many people remains a mystery, a curious and strange art form when it really should be much more part of our everyday lives,' Domindo said in a statement issued Monday by his publisher.

According to W.W. Norton [which will publish 'The Joy of Opera,' in 2009], Domingo will 'draw upon his extensive repertoire to reveal how opera works on both sides of the curtain, how it is best experienced and savored, and why it is ultimately transcendent."

'The book will delve into great masterpieces by composers as diverse as Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Richard Strauss along with insights into why they are the best-loved works, and will discuss how performers create a role; the art of listening; the community formed by audience and artists; and what it takes to make an opera singer great.'"

Associated Press "Placido Domingo to Write Opera Book" topix.net: local news for the world October 2, 2006

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The Great American Soprano Denyce Graves, who continues to seek out new American operas.

Video clip of soprano Denyce Graves and bass-baritone Samuel Ramey singing in The Washington National Opera production of Bal√°zs and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle. Bartok was one of the great twentieth century European composers who spent part of the last years of their lives in the United States.

Photo credit: The Washington National Opera. With thanks

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