Fifty Timeless Classics

A collection of the TOP 50 “best-selling” Opera Journeys’ Mini Guides.
Each “essay” includes:
• Principal Characters in the Opera
• Brief Story Synopsis
• a comprehensive Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples
• Burton D. Fisher’s informative and in depth Commentary and Analysis, featuring
the genesis and background of the opera, and engaging and insightful analysis of the
opera story and its characters.

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Vincenzo Bellini
Norma

Alban Berg
Wozzeck

Georges Bizet
Carmen

Debussy
Pelleas et Melisande

Gaetano Donizetti
The Elixir of Love
Lucia di Lammermoor

George Gershwin
Porgy and Bess

Gilbert and Sullivan
The Mikado

Wilhelm Willibald von Gluck
Orfeo ed Eurydice

Charles Gounod
Faust

Frederic Handel
Julius Caesar

Ruggiero Leoncavallo
I Pagliacci

Pietro Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana

Jules Massenet
Manon
Werther

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cosi fan tutte
Don Giovanni

The Magic Flute

The Marriage of Figaro

Modest Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov

Jacques Offenbach
The Tales of Hoffmann

Giacomo Puccini
–La Boheme
–Gianni Schicchi
–Girl of the Golden West
–Madama Butterfly
–Tosca
–Turandot

Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville

Johann Strauss Jr.
Die Fledermaus

Richard Strauss
–Der Rosenkavalier
–Salome

Pietr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin

Giuseppe Verdi
–Aida
–Simon Boccanegra
–Don Carlo
–Falstaff
–A Masked Ball
–Otello
–Rigoletto
–La Traviata
–ll Trovatore

Richard Wagner
–Lohengrin
–Die Meistersinger
–Parsifal
–Tannhauser
–Tristan and Isolde
–The Ring of the Nibelungen
——–The Rhinegold
——–The Valkyrie
——–Siegfried
——–Twilight of the Gods