100 Great Operas and Their Stories

100 Great Operas and Their Stories

ACT-By-ACT Synopses

By Henry Simon

Anchor Books, Paperback, Abridged, 9780385054485, 560pp.

Publication Date: April 1989


An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background, and much more.

About the Author
Simon began his adult life at Oxford, then to the desert of California for five years that cured the TB he had. He settled in California, married and raised a family. He took an extended family visit to Germany when the Crash of 1929 left him stranded. He found work as an American consultant. He developed a rare disease that made is impossible for him to return to the U.S. He lived in Germany during the war years. He died at age 75.