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The Complete Opera Book

Gustav Kobbé

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .an> faith that she vehemently puts the forbidden question to her champion. Almost at the same moment Frederick and four of his followers force their way into the apartment, intending to take the knight's life. A single blow of his sword, however, stretches Frederick lifeless, and his followers bear his corpse away. Placing Elsa in the charge of her ladies-in-waiting, and ordering them to take her to the presence of the King, he repairs thither himself.

The Brabantian hosts are gathering, and he is expected to lead them to battle, but owing to Elsa's question he is now obliged to disclose who he is and to take his departure. He proclaims that he is Lohengrin, son of Parsifal, Knight of the Holy Grail, and that he can linger no longer in Brabant, but must return to the place of his coming. The swan has once more appeared, drawing the boat down the river, and bidding Elsa farewell he steps into the little shell-like craft. Then Ortrud, with malicious glee, decla. . . Read More

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How do I love this book... I would sit in my dad's apartment and peruse the different stories, crack it open whenever we were talking about a composer and started wondering what other works they'd written, tried my best to sight sing just what Elektra's "Agamemmnon" sounded like. It's my nostalgia m

A must have for opera lovers.

I am an halfway Opera fan. I am unschooled. I turn to Kobbé's before I hear one.