Encyclopedia of American Opera

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About the Book

This encyclopedia lists, describes and cross-references everything to do with American opera: works (both operas and operettas), composers, librettists, singers, and source authors, along with relevant recordings. The approximately 1,750 entries range from ballad operas and composers of the 18th century to modern minimalists and video opera artists. Each opera entry consists of plot, history, premiere and cast, followed by a chronological listing of recordings, movies and videos.

About the Author(s)

The late Ken Wlaschin was former director of creative affairs at the American Film Institute, headed the Institute’s National Film Theater and founded its Los Angeles film festival. He previously directed the British Film Institute’s National Film Theater and London film festival for 14 years. Wlaschin, the author of three other McFarland books, lived in Palm Springs, California.

Bibliographic Details

Ken Wlaschin
Format: softcover (7 x 9.25)
Pages: 486
Bibliographic Info: 157 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2006]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4596-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1238-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN OPERA      5
Bibliography      435
Index      439

Book Reviews & Awards

“comprehensive…unique”—Booklist; “excellent”—ARBA; “highly recommended”—Reference Reviews; “valuable and comprehensive”—Opera Now.