Opera Companies and Houses of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference


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About the Book

Although books have been written about various opera houses throughout the world, no one work has covered more than a relatively small number of the larger, well known companies and houses, and none have made more than brief mention of the smaller houses. No book has comprehensively listed opera repertories. Little, in sum, has been written about any of the smaller companies and houses located in non–English-speaking countries.
This is the most comprehensive reference book ever written on opera companies and houses in Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand—over 300, from the well known to the smaller. Each entry includes a history of the opera house or company, the works (title and composer) and type of productions offered, company staff, world and country premieres, repertory, and practical information on the theater’s address, nearby hotel accommodations and how to order tickets. Most entries conclude with a bibliography.

About the Author(s)

Noted opera expert and international opera correspondent, Karyl Lynn Zietz writes for Opera Now, Opera-Opera and Oper Orpheus International. She is also the author of Opera Companies and Houses of the United States (1995, paperback 2008) and lives in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Karyl Lynn Zietz
Foreword by Graeme Kay
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 500
Bibliographic Info: 141 photos, appendices, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3898-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1202-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
List of Photographs      xvii
Foreword      1
Preface      3

Australia      7
Austria      22
Belgium      43
Canada      54
Denmark      69
England      75
Finland      91
France      101
Germany      149
Icelandnbsp;     239
Ireland      241
Italy      243
Luxembourg      389
Monaco      391
The Netherlands      394
New Zealand      401
Northern Ireland      403
Norway      404
Portugal      407
Scotland      411
Spain      416
Sweden      424
Switzerland      437
Wales      446

Book Recommendations      453
Bibliography      455
Index      459

Book Reviews & Awards

“comprehensive…recommended”—Booklist; “a good, detailed index…both useful and reliable”—ARBA; “recommended as a reference and research source”—Choice; “features histories, practical information, and photographs of hundreds of opera houses and companies around the globe”—Washington City Paper.