Opera for the People

Opera for the People

Opera for the People

Opera for the People

Excerpt

This book is written out of a firm faith in a great art and a great people, in the conviction that they belong together, and in the wish to further the process of bringing them together.

The idea of the book grew out of discussions with opera lovers, professionals and amateurs, young and old, all over the country.

Its realization I owe to the University of Minnesota, whose officials, after guest performances of the Metropolitan Opera on the university campus and a convocation lecture given by me before its students, expressed the wish to help bring the subject of these discussions -- new and indigenous ways of operatic production -- into book form.

Its material comes from two principal sources: first, my own practical experience during twenty-five years in the operatic field, the last sixteen of them in America, including work as stage director with many leading opera companies, in television and on film, and as teacher and lecturer; and second, the information furnished me by various operatic groups and schools about their ideas and methods of performance.

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