The History of Opera

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Richard Fawkes

Narrated By: Robert Powell, Nicolas Soames

Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks

Date: June 1999

Duration: 5 hours 19 minutes


Since its origins in the sixteenth century, opera has been an extravagant, costly affair, arousing great passions. It has also produced some of the most sublime works of art, from Monteverdi to Wagner. Following the widely acclaimed History of Classical Music, Richard Fawkes traces the history of opera up to the present day on the first three CDs, and devotes the fourth to the history of operetta. Featuring more than seventy-five musical examples.


  • Albert

    If you like opera, as I do, and if you are curious about background details, as I was, then you will enjoy this short book on the history of opera, as I did. The recorded book has the benefit of wonderful excerpts used to illustrate and punctuate the author's narrative. I found it interesting and entertaining from beginning to end.

  • Cathleen Padden

    Loved this book! It gave just enough information to be interesting without being overwhelming.

  • Anonymous

    This is very good, but it is such a brief history that it gave me just a taste of composers I already like and left me wanting more of ones I am not familiar with. Well worth a listen if you enjoy opera.

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