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Introduction ; 1. The Seventeenth Century ; 2. The Eighteenth Century: Serious Opera ; 3. The Eighteenth Century: Comic Opera ; 4. The Nineteenth Century: France ; 5. The Nineteenth Century: Italy ; 6. The Nineteenth Century: Germany ; 7. Russian, Czech, Polish, and Hungarian Opera to 1900 ; 8. The Twentieth Century: to 1945 ; 9. The Twentieth Century: 1945 to the Present Day ; 10. The Staging of Opera ; 11. Opera Singers ; 12. Opera as a Social Event ; Further Reading ; Chronology ; Acknowledgements ; Index
Roger Parker - editor. Moved to a lectureship in Music at Oxford University, as a felllow of St Hugh's College - having been Associate Professor of Music, at Cornell University. He has written extensively on Verdi, on nineteenth-century Italian opera, and is the founding co-editor of the Cambridge Opera Journal.
lavishly illustrated volume * Sunday Telegraph 30/12/01 *