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Opera: The Basics

1st Edition

By Denise Gallo


224 pages

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Opera: The Basics offers an excellent introduction to four centuries of opera. Its easy to follow sections explore topics including:

  • the origins of opera
  • basic terminology
  • the history of major opera genres including: serious opera, comic opera, semi-serious opera and vernacular opera.

With key notes, discography and videography, this is the ideal book for students and interested listeners who want to learn more about this important musical genre.


"Clear and well-organized." -- Ellen Rosand, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Yale University

About the Author

Denise Gallo is a Music Specialist at The Library of Congress. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Music History Division at The Catholic University of America, where she now remains an adjunct professor. She is a frequent lecturer for Washington Opera, the Baltimore Opera Company, Washington Concert Opera, and Summer Opera Theatre Company, and a contributing author to The Washington Opera Magazine and the Baltimore Opera Subscribers' Study Guide. Gallo is the author of several books, including Rossini: A Guide to Research (Routledge)

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera
MUSIC / Reference