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Authors: Henry W. Simon

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100 Great Operas and Their Stories: Act-By-Act Synopses

First Anchor Books Edition, 1989

Copyright © 1957, 1960 by Doubleday

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Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. 100 Great Operas was originally published as
Festival of Opera
in the United States by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., in 1957. The Anchor Books edition is published by arrangement with Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Simon, Henry W. (Henry William), 1901–1970.
100 great operas and their stories / by Henry W. Simon.
—A new rev. and abridged ed., 1st Anchor Books ed.
        p. cm.
     Rev. and abridged ed. of: Festival of opera. 1957.
     1. Operas—Stories, plots, etc. I. Simon, Henry W.
(Henry William), 1901–1970. Festival of opera. II. Title.
III. Title: One hundred great operas and their stories.
MT95.S59      1989      88-36697
782.1′3—dcl9

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CONTENTS

Cover
Title Page
Copyright
Dedication
Preface
THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
,
Mozart
L’AFRICAINE
,
Meyerbeer
AÏDA
,
Verdi
ALCESTE
,
Gluck
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
,
Menotti
L’AMORE DEI TRE RE
,
Montemezzi
ANDREA CHÉNIER
,
Giordano
ARABELLA
,
Strauss
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
,
Strauss
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
,
Verdi
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
,
Rossini
IL BARBIERE DI
si
VIGLIA
,
Rossini
THE BARTERED BRIDE
,
Smetana
BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE
,
Mozart
THE BAT
,
Strauss
LA BOHÈME,
Puccini
BORIS GODOUNOFF
,
Moussorgsky
CAPRICCIO
,
Strauss
CARMEN
,
Bizet
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
,
Mascagni
LA CENERENTOLA
,
Rossini
CINDERELLA
,
Rossini
THE CLANDESTINE MARRIAGE
,
Cimarosa
THE CLOAK
,
Puccini
THE CONSUL
,
Menotti
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
,
Offenbach
LE COQ D’OR
,
Rimsky-Korsakoff
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
,
Mozart
DIDO AND AENEAS
,
Purcell
DON CARLOS
,
Verdi
DON GIOVANNI
,
Mozart
DON JUAN
,
Mozart
DON PASQUALE
,
Donizetti
ELEKTRA
,
Strauss
L’ELISIR D’AMORE
,
Donizetti
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
,
Mozart
ERNANI
,
Verdi
EUGEN ONEGIN
,
Tchaikovsky
THE FABLE OF ORPHEUS
,
Monteverdi
FALSTAFF
,
Verdi
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
,
Puccini
FAUST
,
Gounod
LA FAVOLA D’ORFEO
,
Monteverdi
FIDELIO
,
Beethoven
DIE FLEDERMAUS
,
Strauss
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
,
Wagner
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
,
Wagner
THE FORCE OF DESTINY
,
Verdi
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
,
Verdi
FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS
,
Thomson
DER FREISCHÜTZ
,
Weber
GIANNI SCHICCHI
,
Puccini
LA GIOCONDA
,
Ponchielli
THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST
,
Puccini
GIULIO CESARE
,
Handel
THE GOLDEN COCKEREL
,
Rimsky-Korsakoff
DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
,
Wagner
GUILLAUME TELL
,
Rossini
HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
,
Humperdinck
L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE
,
Ravel
LES HUGUENOTS
,
Meyerbeer
JULIUS CAESAR
,
Handel
THE KNIGHT OF THE ROSE
,
Strauss
KNYAZ IGOR
,
Borodin
LAKMÉ
,
Delibes
LOHENGRIN
,
Wagner
LOUISE
,
Charpentier
THE LOVE OF THREE KINGS
,
Montemezzi
THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES
,
Prokofieff
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
,
Donizetti
LYUBOV K TREM APELSINAM
,
Prokofieff
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
,
Puccini
THE MAGIC FLUTE
,
Mozart
MANON
,
Massenet
MANON LESCAUT
,
Puccini
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
,
Mozart
MARTHA
,
Flotow
A MASKED BALL
,
Verdi
THE MASTERSINGERS OF NUREMBERG
,
Wagner
IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO
,
Cimarosa
THE MEDIUM
,
Menotti
MEFISTOFELE
,
Boito
DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG
,
Wagner
MIGNON
,
Thomas
NORMA
,
Bellini
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
,
Mozart
OBERON
,
Weber
ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE
,
Gluck
OTELLO
,
Verdi
PAGLIACCI
,
Leoncavallo
PARSIFAL
,
Wagner
PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
,
Debussy
PETER GRIMES
,
Britten
PORGY AND BESS
,
Gershwin
PRINCE IGOR
,
Borodin
PRODANÁ NEVŠTA
,
Smetana
I PURITANI
,
Bellini
THE RAKE’S PROGRESS
,
Stravinsky
DAS RHEINGOLD
,
Wagner
RIGOLETTO
,
Verdi
THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG
,
Wagner
      DAS RHEINGOLD
      DIE WALKÜRE
      SIEGFRIED
      DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
,
Gounod
DER ROSENKAVALIER
,
Strauss
RUSTIC CHIVALRY
,
Macagni
SALOME
,
Strauss
SAMSON ET DALILA
,
Saint-Saëns
THE SECRET OF SUZANNE
,
Wolf-Ferrari
IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA
,
Wolf-Ferrari
LA SERVA PADRONA
,
Pergolesi
SIEGFRIED
,
Wagner
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
,
Verdi
SISTER ANGELICA
,
Puccini
THE SPANISH HOUR
,
Ravel
SUOR ANGELICA
,
Puccini
IL TABARRO
,
Puccini
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
,
Offenbach
TANNHÄUSER
,
Wagner
THE TELEPHONE
,
Menotti
THAÏS
,
Massenet
TOSCA
,
Puccini

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