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First Intermissions:
Commentaries from the Met Broadcasts

Second edition: 2002, 2004
Revised and Enlarged

21 Scripts from his intermission radio talks

First edition: 1995
Published by Oxford University Press

Second edition: 2002, 2004 “Revised and Enlarged”
Published by Limelight editions

Dedicated to Richard Mohr

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Includes the following opera commentaries:

  • IDOMENEO A new kind of Opera
  • RIGOLETTO When Verdi’s fathers sing
  • SIMON BOCCANEGRA Patterns of light
  • UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Chiaroscuro
  • DON CARLO Everything in this drama is true
  • AIDA Six prophetic trumpets
  • OTELLO The heart of darkness
  • DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER The phantom lover and the eternal feminine
  • TANNHAUSER You use works of art to see your soul
  • LOHENGRIN One brief shining moment
  • DIE MEISTERSINGER Songbirds and Saints
  • PARSIFAL Who is the Grail?
  • FAUST The matter of Melody
  • LES TROYENS Unanswered questions
  • Les CONTES D’HOFFMANN Six characters in search of a poet
  • MANON Phrases Massenetiques
  • LA BOHEME A charming life and a terrible one
  • TURANDOT The maturing male and the voracious virago
  • ELEKTRA That is what fiction means
  • DER ROSENKAVALIER A moment beyond time
  • DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN Love that colours and transforms

The 2002 and 2004 Revised Editions also include:

  • LE NOZZE DI FIGARO A man for all centuries
  • CARMEN The Devil’s motif