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A bitesize excerpt from THE GOOD OPERA GUIDE. A collection of 3 operas by Puccini: La Bohème, Madam Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West . Also included is an Operatica section with useful general information.The first guide to take the sensibleMoreA bitesize excerpt from THE GOOD OPERA GUIDE. A collection of 3 operas by Puccini: La Bohème, Madam Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West . Also included is an Operatica section with useful general information.The first guide to take the sensible decision of separating comments on the music (serious and helpful) from descriptions of the plot (invariably flippant and often funny) - SUNDAY TELEGRAPHHere is an excerpt of what THE GOOD OPERA GUIDE has to say about Cileas Adriana Lecouvreur: The one about the star of stage and screen whose rival sends her a bouquet of poison gas violets. She sniffs it: snuffs it.The Good Opera Guide is not only for regular opera-goers but also for people who are new to the world of opera, or indeed people who want to bluff their way through a performance! It is written with humour and is entertaining as well as informative. Where else would you find a dagger count for La Gioconda, and have Hansel and Gretel categorised as a Gingerbread Opera?From Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozarts Die Zauberflöte, for each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are worth looking out for, really good, or, occasionally, stunning. He goes on to tell the history of each opera and its early reception. Finally, each work is graded from alpha to gamma, and Sir Denis has no qualms about voicing his opinion. The guide also presents brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and singers. A glossary of musical terms is included, as well as Operatica, or the essential elements of opera, from the proper place and style of the audiences applause (and boos) to the use of surtitles.