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Arizona Opera Book Club Meeting: A History of Opera

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm (Phoenix)

Join us at Changing Hands Bookstore – Phoenix location for a discussion of A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker.

Purchase your own copy of A History of Opera here. 

Why has opera transfixed and fascinated audiences for centuries? Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this question in their “effervescent, witty” (Die Welt, Germany) retelling of the history of opera, examining its development, the musical and dramatic means by which it communicates, and its role in society. Now with an expanded examination of opera as an institution in the twenty-first century, this “lucid and sweeping” (Boston Globe) narrative explores the tensions that have sustained opera over four hundred years: between words and music, character and singer, inattention and absorption. Abbate and Parker argue that, though the genre’s most popular and enduring works were almost all written in a distant European past, opera continues to change.


Location: Changing Hands Bookstore - Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013)
Time: 7:00pm
Cost/Registration: Free, membership registration click here.