AN INTERNET BOOK ON OPERA
This effort has been inspired by the “Project Gutenberg EBook of The Opera, by R.A. Streatfeild” which provides an excellent history of opera between the 1500’s and early 20th century, presenting its most important composers and their most important works.
This project was undertaken hoping that it will inform, entertain and benefit all those who love opera and/or who would like to learn more about opera and its history.
This project compiled readily and publicly available information from the internet to supplement Streatfield’s text about the time periods, composers, and operas.
Adhering to Streatfeild’s chapter structure, we provide links to other internet sites, presenting:
This is a work-
For the these reasons, we would like this project to become like a “ Duomo of Milano” or a “Sagrada Familia of Barcelona”, works created by generations of participants. Therefore, we open the door to contribution of additional material, links, sources, etc. by readers. As we are not experts in the review of music, we would particularly welcome suggestions for additional relevant and useful links in this area. We will certainly give proper credit for all such contributions.
Of course, all the material we link to is the property of those who have posted it on the internet. We have tried the best we could to give proper credit and acknowledgment to the sources of all materials referenced in this web site. To acknowledge and credit sources we used: 1) an appropriate favicon when available; 2) the source in parentheses (= item [source]); 3) or simply listing the source.
This project was undertaken and is offered solely to serve the opera-
We look forward to communications from readers that will help attain these goals. Please use the “Contact Us” form from the navigation menu for any comments, discussions, suggestions or additions.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Readers can select their preferred topic by using the main navigation menu, which appears at the top of pages, and/or by using the Table of Contents. Internal links open in the same page or window. External links open a new page; while this enables the reader to more easily cross-
Each Chapter Page provides: “Reading”, which presents the text for that chapter from Streatfeild’s ebook; additional background information relevant to that chapter; links to individual composer pages. (Note: Streatfeild’s opus contains only 14 chapters; this book (An Internet Book on Opera) includes extra material in Chapters 15-
Each composer has his or her own page. On each page, links are arranged in the following manner:
Missing items (e.g. no libretto) indicates no source was found.
The Google Translation widget is available for pages in this web site with substantial text. These pages will open in a new window by clicking the “Click for Translation” button above titles. It’s most useful for translating the long sections of Streatfeild’s text, which appear for each chapter as “Reading”.
Obviously, we cannot translate the external web sites found at other end of hyperlinks. For users of Internet Explorer, Google Translate and Bing Translator are useful utilities for this purpose. The Chrome browser offers a built-
While we have endeavored to include only valid and functional links and sources, the status of postings, links and web sites do change over time and some become defunct. We do make efforts to check links periodically for continued functionality, but if the reader should encounter a broken link, we apologize and would welcome a message alerting us to the problem that we may try to find an alternative source of information.
We have also endeavored to use reputable sources of information, but do not purport to provide definite information of any kind. We hope to simply point to sources of information from which the reader may glean something of interest and use.
PLEASE NOTE. WE DO NOT CLAIM COPYRIGHT OR OWNERSHIP OF ANY OF THE ITEMS IN THIS ‘BOOK’. ALL COPYRIGHT CONTENT REMAINS PROPERTY OF THE RESPECTIVE OWNERS.
WHO WE ARE
Friends call me Ben. I am a retiree with a life-
I extend my deepest thanks to the innumerable sources (current and future) tapped for this project, particularly the individual(s) who submitted Streatfeild’s book to Project Gutenburg for e-
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