Mozart’s Operas: A Companion

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This wise and friendly guide to Mozart’s operas encompasses the full range of his most popular worksFigaro, Don Giovanni, Così, Magic Flute, Seraglio, Clemenza di Titoas well as lesser known works like Mitridate and Il re Pastore. Music historian Mary Hunter provides a lively introduction to each opera for any listener who has enjoyed a performance, either on the stage or in a video recording, and who wishes to understand the opera more fully.

The Companion includes a synopsis and commentary on each work, as well as background information on the three main genres in which Mozart wrote: opera seria, opera buffa, and Singspiel. An essay on the anatomy” of a Mozart opera points out the musical conventions with which the composer worked and suggests nontechnical ways to think about his musical choices. The book also places modern productions of the operas in historical context and explores how modern directors, producers, and conductors present Mozart’s works today. Filled with factual information and interesting issues to ponder while watching a performance, this guide will appeal to newcomers and seasoned opera aficionados alike.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300118333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300118339
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Customer Reviews

An informative guide to Mozart’s opera oeuvres.

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 25, 2014
By J. R. Spencer
As an opera coach and author myself, I had come across this Mozart Opera companion a few months ago at the local university. Mary Hunter has done an admirable job cataloging and giving both historical notes and synopsis of all of Mozart’s operas. While most opera fans might know the history of Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (1786) or his last opera Die Zauberflote (K. 620) 1791, Mary goes into the history of all his 22 operas starting with his first K. 35 to Magic Flute. Often one has to sift through lengthy Mozart bios to find info. Since this companion focuses on just the operas, I find it a handy study for opera fans, singers, and musicologists.

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