AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter


by | Read by Nadia May

Contemporary Culture • 11 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1986

This introduction to opera begins by taking the listener through its origins, a history of stage production, and a detailed look at the conductor’s importance. DiGaetani's prose is marvelous, and Nadia May's reading clear and confident, making the first half of this audiobook extremely entertaining and informative. Unfortunately, the latter half of DiGaetani's book, while undoubtedly a useful print reference, makes little sense in the audio format. It profiles 100 great singers and the 50 operas of the standard repertory, which takes about five hours. Amazingly, May never sounds bored or exhausted, but the listener will find this harder to endure than the middle act of Wagner's Parsifal. D.B. © AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 99]

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 1996

CS ISBN $45.95 • Seven cassettes

Advertisement Advertisement


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 1996

CS ISBN $45.95 • Seven cassettes

The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.


AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.


Thank you for signing up.



Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×