A Mad Love: An Introduction to Opera, Schweitzer
Author: Vivien Schweitzer
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Basic Books (2018)
There are few art forms as visceral and emotional as opera, and few that are as daunting for newcomers. A Mad Love offers a spirited and indispensable tour of opera’s eclectic past and present, beginning with Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in 1607 — generally considered the first successful opera — through classics like Carmen and La bohème, and spanning to more recent works like The Death of Klinghoffer. Musician and critic Vivien Schweitzer acquaints readers with the genre’s most important composers and some of its most influential performers, recounts it long-standing debates and explains its essential terminology.
About Vivien Schweitzer:
Vivien Schweitzer is a writer and pianist based in New York. She worked for 10 years as a classical music and opera critic for The New York Times. She has also written for the BBC, the Moscow Times and The Economist.