THE HISTORY OF OPERA FOR BEGINNERS
By Ron David
Illustrations By Sara Woolley
ART & MUSIC
Music History/ Opera
Price: US $16.99
eBook ISBN: 9781934389805
eBook Price: US $16.99
November 26, 2013
The History of Opera For Beginners is an illuminating book that starts with the radical assumption that opera is simply music, rather than the highbrow, inaccessible art form that many assume it to be. Not fluent in German or Italian? No worries—author Ron David explains the differences between Italian and German Opera and why you don’t have to study a new language to enjoy it.
The History of Opera For Beginners is the ideal introduction into the beautiful poetics of opera. Written in short, humorous, and informative chapters, this guide is laced with some of the opera world’s juiciest anecdotes, and is sure to make anyone a true believer in the art form.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ron David grew up in Detroit, attended Wayne State University and the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts and served three years in the Army. For years he earned his living as an industrial clay sculptor (Detroit, New York, California and Sweden) and spent 20-30 hours per week writing books. Ron was awarded a Grant from the New Jersey Council on the Arts for one of his novels. He also spent four years as Editor-in-Chief at Writers and Readers Publishing. He is the author of four published books including Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader’s Road Map to the Novels (Random House).
Ron David has been married to Susan David (an artist/designer at Tiffany & Co.) for 30 years.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Sara Woolley is a visual artist and award-winning illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been twice recognized by the New York Society of Illustrators, The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and most recently by 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. She has worked on a variety of projects ranging from illustration for publishers and institutions, and concept art for film, to innovative costumes and props for theatrical performance. Clients include Scholastic, Greenpoint Press, and Gorgeous Entertainment among others. Her ongoing personal project, a graphic novel entitled, Los Pirineos the Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gómez, was singled out for award by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.
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