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Callas: Prima Donna Assoluta
Galatopoulos, Stelios,
ISBN: 0491015186
W. H. Allen, London, 1976. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: black-and-white photographs. First Edition. the fold over flaps are slightly foxed, top edge of the text block darkened with age, no other damage to detail. "Above all, this biography concentrates on Callas as an artist. There are now of her most famous roles on the stage, a complete survey of all her recordings, and appendix listing the annals of her performances and a superb collection of photographs (109), some of which have never previously been reproduced." Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. XVIII, 354 pages. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: black-and-white photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Opera ; Theatre & Plays. ISBN: 0491015186. ISBN/EAN: 9780491015189. Inventory No: 0275756. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0275756  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Joan Sutherland
Braddon, Russell,
Collins, Sydney, 1962. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. includes a list of illustrations, acknowledgements, 2 appendices and index. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece, showing Joan Sutherland in her most famous role as Lucia di Lammermoor. The text is illustrated with a further 15 black-and-white photographs. Red coloured boards with gilt writing on the spine. Slight age darkening of the edges of the text block, with traces of foxing to the top edge, previous owner has used their name stamp on the bottom edge of the text block, on the 1st and last pages. Fading of the spine section of the dustjacket. The biography of Joan Sutherland who after years of trial and tribulations became a household name after her triumphant portrayal of Lucia di Lammermoor at Covent Garden in 1959, and then the premier soprano of the world. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 256 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Australiana; Music; Opera; Inventory No: 0239873. Very Good Condition
Price: $11.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0239873  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Kiri Te Kanawa: A Biography
Fingleton, David,
ISBN: 0002163659
Collins, London and Auckland, 1982. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. foreword by Colin Davis, preface by author, acknowledgements and index. The text is illustrated with two inserts, of 16 pages each, of black-and-white photography. Brown coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Colour photographic dustwrapper with white and orange coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. The title says it all, Kiri Te Kanawa the New Zealand opera soprano. Softening to the backstrip with bumping to the top book corners and rubbing to the lower book edges. Light age toning of the textblock edges and pages. Original bookseller's rubber stamp, twice, to the free front end paper. Rubbing to the dustwrapper edges and panels with some bleeding of the book colour to the verso. Foxing to the top edges of the fold over panels. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [10], 11 - 192 pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Opera; Music. ISBN: 0002163659. ISBN/EAN: 9780002163651. Inventory No: 0119844. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
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Madama Butterfly (The Australian Opera Programme)
Puccini, Giacomo,
Playbill (Australia) Proprietary Limited, Pymble, New South Wales, 1979. First Edition
 Softcover Softcover. Good Condition/. Illustrator: Photographic and and and Line Drawing. First Edition. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photo graphs and advertisements. Colour illustrated card cover with black coloured titles to the front panel. The programme has been printed on a textured page. Programme for The Australian Opera's production of Puccini's opera Madama. Butterfly. Held at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, April 14 through to 28, 1979. Creasing to the book corners and rubbing to the book edges and book panels. Size: Oblong 8vo - 7" - 9" tall but wider. Not paginated 34 pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic and and and Line Drawing. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Music; Opera; Inventory No: 0113583. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Good Condition
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
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Maria Callas; The Woman behind the Legend
Stassinopoulos, Arianna,
ISBN: 0671255835
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1981. Reprint
 Hardcover (1/4Cloth 3/4 Boards) Hardcover (1/4Cloth 3/4 Boards). Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. Reprint. preface by author, acknowledgements, source notes, picture credits and index. Dark cream coloured endpapers. Between pages 192 and 193, there are 32 pages of black-and-white photography from throughout Maria Callas' life. 1/4 chocolate brown coloured cloth covered backstrip with gilt coloured titles. 3/4 dark cream-coloured boards with gilt embossed titles, Maria Callas, to the lower edge of the front panel. Colour photographic dustwrapper, again showing Maria Callas, with white coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. The biography of the supreme operatic soprano Maria Callas. The author delves into not only the public persona of the magnificent, dramatic and supreme soprano, but also the complex woman behind the singer. nice dust jacket, no damage, previous owner's details at the top of the first page, running man rubberstamp on the bottom edge of the text block. No other damage. Fourth Impression. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [8], 383, [1] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Opera; Greece; music. ISBN: 0671255835. ISBN/EAN: 9780671255831. Inventory No: 0275743. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
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Opera and Ballet in Australia
Cargher, John 1919 2008,
ISBN: 072691360x
Cassell, New South Wales, 1977. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. 1.6 kg XV, 352 pp., opera index, ballet index. Endpaper illustrations by Jose Varona, numerous colour, and black and white illustrations throughout. Colour illustrated dustwrapper. The first history of the major theatrical arts in this country, is a fascinating chronicle of the behind the scene struggles, failures and successes. It is an invaluable reference book, with a comprehensive index, and it is also well researched and highly entertaining. The book shows no damage, but the dust jacket is slightly faded on the spine section. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Dance; Opera; Ballet; ISBN: 072691360x. ISBN/EAN: 9780726913600. Inventory No: 0224229. This book weighs over 1 Kg packed and extra postal costs will be asked for when shipping outside Australia.. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0224229  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Opera Annual No 3
Rosenthal, Harold,
John Calder, London, 1956. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good/Fair. First Edition. 190 pp., colour illustrated dustwrapper, colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations in both colour and in black and white. Gift inscription on front endpaper, previous books store sticker on front paste down. The annual includes the exhaustive appendices listing of the repertory and artists in more than 100 of the world's leading Opera houses, the premieres of the year and the operatic obituary. There are nine pages of illustration in colour and more than 100 black and white photographs of artists and productions. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: music; Opera; Inventory No: 0201639. Good
Price: $12.80 (AUD)
Book Number: 0201639  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Opera Annual; No. 8
Rosenthal, Harold,
John Calder, London, 1962. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Various. First Edition. The price clipped at dust jacket is rubbed and chipped at the head and tail of the spine, and rubbed at the fold over corners. Offset tanning of the front and rear end pages, internally clean otherwise without annotation. 144 pages, includes an operatic obituary from mid April 1960 through to June 1962. Illustrated with black-and-white plates and a black-and-white frontispiece. Size: Quarto -- up to 12 " Tall. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Various. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Music; Opera; Inventory No: 0268984. Very Good Condition
Price: $14.40 (AUD)
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Opera for the Antipodes: Opera in Australia, 1881 - 1939
Gyger, Alison,
ISBN: 0868192686
Currency Press and Pellinor, Sydney, 1990. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Black-and-white photographs. First Edition. Second-hand copy, gift note on the dark green front end paper, no other damage apart from very slight spotting of the top edge of the text block. Artistic standards varied and relations between artists and manager were sometimes stormy, but the period covered in this volume illustrates the depth and variety of operatic offerings available to audiences in Australia. Indexed, with bibliography, and a list of Australian premieres, which has 4 lines of underlining on page 338. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. VIII, 364 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Black-and-white photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Music; Opera ; Theatre & Plays. ISBN: 0868192686. ISBN/EAN: 9780868192680. Inventory No: 0277931. This book weighs over 1 Kg packed and extra postal costs will be asked for when shipping outside Australia.. Very Good Condition
Price: $26.40 (AUD)
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Season of Nineteen Fifty - Nineteen Fifty-One; Metropolitan Opera
Not Stated,
Metropolitan Opera Association, Incorporated, New York, 1951. Edition Unstated
 Softcover (Saddle-stapled) Softcover (Saddle-stapled). Very Good Condition/. Illustrator: Photographic and Illustrations. Edition Unstated. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photography / illustrations the majority of them advertisements for cigarettes, cars etc., with a very small amount of the booklet being dedicated to the actual Opera Season. Plain text cover with black coloured titles. Title says it all, the season incorporated: Die Fledermus, Die Walkuere, The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia), Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, La Traviata, Siegfried and Der Rosenkavalier. Creasing to the book corners and yellowing of the book panels. There are a few marks to the book panels and the staples that hold together have started to rust. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 20 pages,. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic and Illustrations. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Theatre & Plays; Opera; programme; Inventory No: 0118770. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
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The Flying Dutchman, and Opera in Three Acts
Wagner, Richard,
ISBN: 0671652958
Pagoda Books & Simon and Schuster,  1987. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good/Good. Illustrator: Kevin Maddison. First Edition. 700 g; 70 pages, last page blank, includes a selection of four recordings offered by different record companies. Illustrated in a comic book style with balloon speech, and insets. Colour illustrated dustwrapper matches the colour illustrated laminated boards beneath. The dustwrapper is rubbed across the top edge with some rolling of the front panel, and a small split at the top of the rear fold over, and a small split at the left-hand side bottom edge of the front panel otherwise in very good condition. This innovative edition of Wagner's the Flying Dutchman is one in a major new series of fully illustrated operas, published in association with the Royal Opera House. There is an introduction by Simon Estes Size: Oblong Quarto. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Kevin Maddison. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Music; Opera; ISBN: 0671652958. ISBN/EAN: 9780671652951. Inventory No: 0219154. Good
Price: $14.40 (AUD)
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The Observer's Book of Opera (Observer's Pocket)
Forbes, Elizabeth,
ISBN: 072321638X
Frederick Warne , London, 1982. reprint
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/. reprint. the 98th book in the series of observer's books, showing no damage, no bumping and no writing. Illustrated with 27 black-and-white photographs, and with a colour illustrated cover. Size: 12mo (Small Hardcover). 192 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: music; Music; Opera; ISBN: 072321638X. ISBN/EAN: 9780723216384. Inventory No: 0260677. Very Good Condition
Price: $26.40 (AUD)
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The Operas of Verdi. volume 1 from Oberto to Rigoletto Volume 2. From Il Trovatore to La Forza De Destino Volume 3. From Dos Carlos to Falstaff
Budden, Julian,
ISBN: 0304310581
Cassell & Co, London, 1984. First Edition
 Softcover Softcover. Very Good Condition/. First Edition. volume 1 traces the organic growth and development of the composer's style from 1839 to 1851 from the first opera, Oberto to the 17th, Rigoletto. More than 350 musical examples point to the significance of the early operas in Verdi's developing style. volume 2 covers those works written during the decadence of the post-Rossini period. During this time, Verdi, having exhausted the vein of simple lyricism to be found in il Trovatore and la Traviata achieved self renewal in direct confrontation with the masters of the Paris Opera with his Les Vepres Siciliennes establishing a new scale and variety of musical thought that can be sensed in the Italian art was followed, culminating in la Forza del destino. volume 3 covers roughly a quarter of a century which saw grand opera on the Parisian model established throughout Italy and the spread of cosmopolitan influences. It was during this period, which ended with the first signs of a new recognisably Italian idiom, that verdict produces for last and greatest operas, Don Carlos, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff. ISBN volume I 030410581, ISBN volume II 030431059X, ISBN volume III 0304310603. All three volumes have very slight spotting of the top and front edges of the text block, all three volumes are free of any annotation. this is the first softcover edition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: music; Opera; Theatre & Plays. ISBN: 0304310581. ISBN/EAN: 9780304310586. Inventory No: 0275759. Very Good Condition
Price: $61.60 (AUD)
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The Triumphal of Honour (The Australian Opera Programme)
Scarlatti, Alessandro,
Playbill (Australia) Proprietary Limited, Pymble, New South Wales, 1979. First Edition
 Softcover Softcover. Good Condition/. Illustrator: Photographic and and and Line Drawing. First Edition. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photo graphs and advertisements. Black and white illustrated card cover . The programme has been printed on a textured page. Programme for The Australian Opera's production of Scarlatti's opera The Triumph of Honour. Held at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, May 21 through to June 2, 1979 . Creasing to the book corners and rubbing to the book edges and book panels. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. Not paginated 40 pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic and and and Line Drawing. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Music; Opera; Inventory No: 0113581. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Good Condition
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
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The Yeomen of the Guard, or, The Merryman and His Maid
Gilbert, W.S.,
G. Bell & Sons, Ltd, London, 1912. First Thus
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: W. Russell Flint. First Thus. 54 pages, list of colour plates, original cast for first production in 1888. Coloured Illustrated frontispiece by W. Russell Flint, and there are another seven full coloured plates within the text. Brown coloured boards with gilt-decorated -- ornate wreathed armorial border, and gilt writing on the front panel and spine. Gilt decoration on has also been applied to the spine. Bumping and rubbing to the head and to the heel of the spine and a little rubbing to the book corners. The cloth of the board has become rubbed and marked but surprisingly the gilt illustration on the front board is still bright and crisp, to a large degree, though the gilt on the spine has faded. Heavy foxing to the paper edges. Browning and foxing to the endpapers, in fact heavy foxing, though not on the coloured plates, throughout the whole book. The words to one of Gilbert and Sullivans' comic operettas. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: W. Russell Flint. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Art & Design; Opera ; Inventory No: 0104246. Good Condition
Price: $61.60 (AUD)
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Wait till the sun shines, Nellie
Hunter, Rita,
ISBN: 0241118735
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1986. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. age darkening of the top edge of the text block, and traces of foxing to the top in front edges and a single foxing spot to the rear fold over flap. Internally clean, free of annotation. Illustrated with a central section of black-and-white photographs. Indexed. Prima donna Rita Hunter became famous when she sang Brunnhilde in the first complete Ring cycle in English at Sadlers Wells in London. in this book she says exactly what she thinks, and says it bluntly in her native Merseyside idiom, despite having made her home and a new Singley career in Australia Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. X, 230 pages. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Opera ; Theatre & Plays. ISBN: 0241118735. ISBN/EAN: 9780241118733. Inventory No: 0275770. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
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