Rupert Christiansen

A handy, readable and easy-to-use opera guide by leading opera critic Rupert Christiansen, containing entries for over a hundred works, both familiar and unfamiliar.

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Brigid Brophy first published her passionate, profoundly original Mozart the Dramatist in 1964, revisiting it subsequently in 1988. Organised by theme, the text offers brilliant readings of Mozart's five ...

First published in 1964, The Snow Ball is arguably Brigid Brophy's most brilliant fictional performance, consummately melding her avid interests in opera, sexuality and psychology.

It is New Year ...

First published in 1939, On Russian Music was conceived by Gerald Abraham as a sequel to his earlier Studies in Russian Music (1935, also in Faber Finds), and complements the ...

Gerald Abraham's reputation as an authority on Russian music has tended to obscure his deep interest in the music of Poland and Czechoslovakia, and of the nineteenth-century generally. From ...

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a feast of music from an early age, first achieving international fame in 1945 with his ...

Thomas Adès and Tom Service

Thomas Adès is fêted from Los Angeles to London, from New York to Berlin, as the musician who has done more than any other living composer to connect ...

Benjamin Britten

The third volume of the annotated selected letters of composer Benjamin Britten covers the years 1946-51, during which he wrote many of his best-known works, founded and developed the English ...

Among the first of Gerald Abraham's many books were studies of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, and his knowledge of Russian literature and culture has provided the key to his extensive ...

Among the first of Gerald Abraham’s many books were studies of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, and his knowledge of Russian literature and culture has provided the key to his extensive ...

Richard Wagner is the most controversial composer in the history of music. In this lively pocket guide, Michael Tanner gives crisp accounts of all his operas, showing how important it ...

Theatre Craft is an all-encompassing, practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, from the enthusiastic amateur to the committed professional. With entries arranged alphabetically, Theatre Craft offers advice on ...

Auden often said that metre and rhyme led him down unexpected paths to thoughts he wouldn’t otherwise have had, and in this respect versification and fornication are not so ...

Auden often said that metre and rhyme led him down unexpected paths to thoughts he wouldn’t otherwise have had, and in this respect versification and fornication are not so ...

At last a lively yet authoritative history of England's oldest continuously performing arts company. Susie Gilbert traces the development of ENO from its earliest origins in the darkest Victorian ...

Dido and Aeneas has been one of the most compelling and durable of the great classical myths. The material the story offers has led artists, authors and musicians throughout the ...

Norman Del Mar (1919-1994) was universally recognised as a leading authority on the music of Richard Strauss, and his masterly three-volume study of his life and works remains a classic ...

Norman Del Mar (1919-1994) was universally recognised as a leading authority on the music of Richard Strauss, and his masterly three-volume study of his life and works remains a classic ...

A larger-than-life figure in his time, Handel’s reputation has been less than steady since his death in 1759. Was he (in the words of Berlioz) just ‘a great barrel ...

Henry Purcell has long been acknowledged as one of England’s greatest composers. Little is known about his life beyond his official appointments and their duties, but as a musician ...

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