Overture Opera Guides: The Wagner Collection
A special collection of the three Richard Wagner Overture Opera Guides – Librettos in German with a facing literal translation:
Der fliegende Holländer – The Flying Dutchman (In Association with English National Opera)
The present guide contains the full German libretto and English translation by Lionel Salter, thirty-one black and white and colour illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a discography, a bibliography, and DVD and website guides. It is intended to enrich and extend readers’ appreciation and enjoyment of this exciting work by one of the world’s greatest opera composers.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (In Association with English National Opera)
The guide contains articles on the complex historical and political background to the opera, a detailed examination of its musical structure and a survey of its sometimes contentious performance history. Further articles explore some of the work’s roots in the poetry of Schiller and the vexed question of the extent to which Wagner’s virulent anti-Semitism may be said to be present in the opera. The guide also includes the full libretto with English translation, sixteen pages of illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a discography, a bibliography and DVD and website guides.
Parsifal (In Association with English National Opera)
The present edition contains a literal translation of the libretto opposite the original German text, a number of photographs covering a wide chronology to the present day, a comprehensive thematic guide, a bibliography and discography, as well as DVD and website guides. It will prove an essential companion for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Wagner’s final masterpiece.
Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a composer who drew inspiration from Christian and Nordic mythology, as well as the philosophy of Schopenhauer, to pioneer dramatically new forms of music. His concept of the “Total Artwork” led to the construction of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, an opera house he designed specifically for productions of his own operas. He also wrote widely on music and art. His operas include Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the four parts of Der Ring des Nibelungen.