The Book of 101 Opera Librettos: Complete Original Language Texts with English Translations

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The most comprehensive one-volume collection of unabridged opera lyrics ever published. It features virtually all of the operas that are being performed in the foremost opera houses and concert halls today. The text is presented in its original language as well as in an English translation. To enrich the experience, a short synopsis precedes each libretto. 101 Opera Librettos is indispensable for opera lovers and everyone curious about the literary richness of the worlds most beloved vocal musical performances.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1474 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; annotated edition edition (January 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884822797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884822797
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds

Customer Reviews

A Reference Book That’s Also Enjoyable Reading Too!

 on October 18, 2016
By Mary R. Godsell
At this price, this is the best book bargain I’ve seen in years! The book is HUGE! 1743 pages! It’s easy to follow along with the well spaced entries, and the book covers a large assortment of operas. The lyrics are shown in the opera’s original language, and the English translation is directly beside that original language in what looks to be a line-by-line format. A brief summary of the opera’s plot is at the start of the libretto, along with other pertinent information about the opera. Now I know why so many of my Italian-speaking opera-going friends were giggling during some of Rossini’s opera’s…Rossini’s.cute little jokes interspersed in the libretto! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about learning more about operas. I know that I will be enjoying the next opera I will see more than any in the past. The only suggestion I might make in the book’s format is that I wish the author had instructed the printers to print the first foreign language words of the most famous arias in the opera in bold print. Although I know the famous aria from I Pagliacci, not in English but only as “Vesti la giubba,” it took me a while to find it in the Italian language column. All in all, I am most pleased that I found this book.

Opera buff finds his Libretto Heaven,

 on September 22, 2017
By Edward Michael Ward.
Very pleased and surprised at its good condition,and it was specialy valuable to me in that I could while listening to an opera follow it in its original language while at the same time understanding the plot and dialoge in English.I have a large selection of Opera C/Ds and tapes which have now become that much easier to listen to and enjoy.

Had the editor been born

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 15, 2011
By Alvaro

I have found some inconsistencies in the book when compared …

 on August 23, 2017
By Amazon Customer
I have found some inconsistencies in the book when compared to other versions of the same libretto, but overall a convenient resource for some of the world’s best-known operas.

101 librettos

One person found this helpful.
 on March 21, 2014
By fran2sea
WOW!! this 10 lb tome is not something you carry to the beach. it is a library of opera. i wont need anything else.

Excellent source for the story line and libretto for the …

 on January 26, 2017
By joseph kennedy
Excellent source for the story line and libretto for the most frequently performed operas. Really helps me appreciate them and their composers.

Basic book, and helpful

 on December 27, 2015
By Helen Troy
Helpful basic book re many well-known operas. It will enhance your musical experience. You might find opera to be an experience you might like to repeat.

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