This book is an accessible yet scholarly guide to over 90 mainstays of the British operatic repertoire, based on Robert Thicknesse's popular column in 'The Times'.
The guide has full coverage of major works by, among more than 30 others, Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Handel and Strauss. Each opera has a description of the plot, principal characters and premiere details, along with a recommended recording.
Light relief within each entry is provide under the headings 'Not Many People Know That' and 'Crush Bar Gambit', plus a smattering of topical cartoons. Packed with essential information, 'The Times Opera Notes' is undoubtedly an entertaining introduction to this most misunderstood of art forms.