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OPERA WORLD: An Overture For Young People

Author: Ann Lee-Thompson

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Publisher: American Literary Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: Through a few short lessons in music theory, biographies of major composers, synopses of 14 major operas, and a “pre-and-post-opera” preparation program, the author provides an authentic and practical guide for anyone, particularly young adults, to really enjoy a night at the Opera. This is a handbook for anyone wishing to understand Opera as a unique and culturally rich art form.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: pending

Adult Reader Reaction: Americans have a limited appreciation for Opera. They are missing an opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful music. There are a number of reasons, some legitimate and some unfounded, as to why Opera has not been more widely respected and accepted in the United States.

Pros: The author, a former voice coach and educator, is in command of the subject matter and understands how to reach her audience. The organization, layout, selection of material, and games and exercises are all aimed at attracting the attention and interest of young adults.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This is a must for a Music Teacher’s classroom and/or the school library’s music collection. Parents who home school or those who would like to introduce their children to Opera, will find this handbook to be an exceptionally helpful guide.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Moscow Ballet's Tales of Classical Ballet; French Spiritual Songs; and Nine Famous Artists Your Children Will Love

Educational Themes: This guidebook focuses on how Opera can enrich the lives of those who under-stand and appreciate this sophisticated and beautiful art form.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - performing arts, music, guidebook

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

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