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The Operas of Monteverdi - English National Opera Guide 45

Claudio Monteverdi Price: $22.95

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

Monteverdiís 1607 version of the legend of Orpheus is arguably the first masterpiece of opera

Composed for the court of Mantua, where Monteverdi was employed, it is very different from his two other surviving operas, which he wrote more than thirty years later to entertain Venetian audiences in the first public opera houses

Orfeo was long considered untranslatable, because the text is so closely tied to the music, and the Venetian librettos owe some of their brilliance to Spanish Golden Age theatre

This opera guide is an opportunity to read all three of Monteverdiís stage works together, in Anne Ridlerís graceful translations.


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