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A Season of Opera: from Orpheus to Ariadne

Published by University of Toronto Press 1998, 2000

Dedicated to Dr. Bill Lonsdale

This volume completes two previous publications (“First Intermissions” and “Wagner’s Ring”) which documented his scripts of Metropolitan Opera intermission radio broadcasts.

It also contains a collection of articles he wrote for The Opera Quarterly, Opera News, the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, and others.

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  • Monteverdi ORFEO The birth of Opera from the spirit of Orpheus
  • Gluck ORFEO ed EURYDICE Du musst dein leben andern
  • Mozart DON GIOVANNI The Opera of all operas
  • Mozart THE MAGIC FLUTE The Music of Intuitive Angels
  • Beethoven FIDELIO Music to set the Spirit Free
  • Donizetti L’ELISIR D’AMORE Show Business Sense
  • Donizetti LUCIA di LAMMERMOOR Oh, sweet music of Donizetti
  • Verdi IL TROVATORE Elemental, Furious, Wholly True
  • Verdi LA TRAVIATA The Requisite Miracle
  • Verdi LA FORZA DEL DESTINO The Whole Checkered Play of Life
  • Verdi AIDA Melt Egypt into Nile
  • Verdi FALSTAFF A figure as old as Comedy
  • Berlioz LES TROYENS The Exasperated Eagle and the Stoic Saint
  • Wagner RIENZI The Sins of Wagner’s Youth
  • Wagner TRISTAN und ISOLDE Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • Pfitzner PALESTRINA The Making of a Musical Legend
  • Strauss SALOME the Moon is like the Moon
  • Puccini MANON LESCAUT Genius and Morbidenza
  • Debussy PELLEAS et MELISANDE Mists, Sails, Sounds and Impressions
  • Poulenc DIALOGUES des CARMELITES It is your turn to speak
  • Gershwin PORGY and BESS An Opera made of Songs
  • Rodgers OKLAHOMA! The Music wrote itself
  • Strauss ARIADNE auf NAXOS Hurry up please, it’s Time