BRAVO! BRAVA! A NIGHT AT THE OPERA by Anne Siberell

BRAVO! BRAVA! A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Behind the Scenes with Composers, Cast, and Crew
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Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An engaging introduction to the opera for young people opens with a few words from mezzo Frederica von Stade about her own first night at the opera. Siberell answers questions about how opera began, how it gets performed, and how it all comes together by writing about everyone from one of its earliest composers (Monteverdi) to a current opera favorite (Cecilia Bartoli). She describes who is on the stage (and under it, beside it, and behind it), and fills the margins and sidebars with historical tidbits and cool facts—the raspberry-peach dessert Peach Melba was named for soprano Nellie Melba, for instance. She includes a timeline, a map of story locations, diagrams of the kinds of stages, the many curtains, and all the instruments of the orchestra. Her writing is lively and quick (“What You Can Expect in Opera Stories. Suspense! Comedy! Madness! Love! Tragedy! Horror! War!”) and conveys much of the excitement of opera in ways young people can understand. The glossary is a bit abrupt, and the opera plot summaries suffer from acute brevity, occasionally to the point of incoherence. Still, any parent who wants to explain to a child what all the fuss is about will find this useful. Plentifully illustrated with simple, colorful art. (glossary, bibliography, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 2001
ISBN: 0-19-513966-6
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Oxford Univ.
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2001




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