French opera is second only to Italian opera in the length, breadth, and diversity of its history.
Yet most people, if asked to come up with titles, could mention only a handful of titles-Carmen, Faust, Pelleas et Melisande, Samson et Dalila-a small list for an operatic tradition that began in the seventeenth century and is still very much alive.
This book provides a full, single-volume account of opera in France from its origins to the present day.
Vincent Giroud looks at the leading composers, from Lully to Messiaen and beyond; at the development of French operatic form and style; at performance, performers, and audience; and at the impact of French opera beyond France's borders.
Lovers of opera will find this an ideal companion to their appreciation of the form.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages, 24 b-w illus.
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 09/04/2010
- Category: Opera
- ISBN: 9780300117653