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It’s my nostalgia machine for my lifelong operalove. On the other hand, newer versions sometimes feel the need to ‘condense’. Kobbe is the only book which summaries the libretti kobe the world’s opera, describes their music and gives a history of their performance within a single volume.

Steven rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Refresh and try again. The final 11th impression in fact variant editions of the English edition was in September Lists with This Book.

The Complete Opera Book by Gustav Kobbé

Detailed synopses of hundreds of opera plots, with comments on the music, reception contemporary and modern-dayauthor’s reputation and relationship to musical development, and others. The plus-side of later versions is, of course, a wider variety of operas – both new works and works that were unknown or not in vogue during Kobbe’s time.


Jul 15, Colie! The pre—World War II editions were enriched by a superb series of sixty-four photographs of singers in operatic roles. Further reprints with revisions appeared in and Description The New Pocket Kobbe’s Complete Opera Book is the world’s leading reference work on opera, and in the words of Bernard Levin ‘no single-volume operatic guide can possibly compare with it’.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Veda rated it really liked it Jan 27, After his death, the collection has been revised again several times.

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Olga Zhilitskaya rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Jenny rated it really liked it Nov 12, We can notify you when this item is back in stock. The work in its original form was first finally edited and brought together for publication by Katharine Wright, who at the same time kobbee some additional operas in sections that bear her initials.

As the flyleaf says, “Kobbe is to opera what Bartlett is to quotations. A few caveats depending on your tas Just grand.

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Ronald Wise rated it liked it Nov 13, Looking for beautiful books? Unlike the previous edition, it is now simply arranged, alphabetically by composer. Hardcoverpages. O’Neill rated it really liked it Jan 02, A very worthy read.

Apr 26, Lisa Harmonybites rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hence in early editions the illustrations are listed in the sequence in which they appear, following the operas, but in later editions the illustrations table is alphabetical by singer.


The total number of works covered is now overincluding important new works like John Adams Nixon in China, Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain and Thomas Ades’s Powder Her Face, and a number of half-forgotten works that are now undergoing revival. This is a wonderful, reputable guide to the world of opera. I know we live in an era of Wikipedia, but one of the delights of a book like this is its source as an all-out reference guide.

But it is a large and relatively expensive book.

Richard rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Kobbe’s original oppera was revised several times. Tomijo Gale rated it it was amazing Jun 12, Various additions were made to it before publication, and also in subsequent editions or reprints, as the subject demands constant revision and renewal, both through new works and through the discovery or revival of lesser known existing ones. Mar 25, Sammy rated it it was amazing Shelves: