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Opera Scenes for Class and Stage

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Mary Elaine Wallace and Robert Wallace


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6 x 9


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Musically sound and fully annotated, this new reference work provides ready access to over 700 excerpts from 100 operas, by voice categories, and thus provides information on a wide variety of matters of interest to directors, teach­ers, and singers. A table of voice cate­gories, coded excerpts (including length and reference to accessible scores), char­acter descriptions (including estimations of degrees of difficulty of the music), summaries of the action of each excerpt, and indexes to titles, composers, and well-known arias and ensembles make this book an indispensable tool.



Mary Elaine Wallace-House was a professor of music and director of the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre at SIUC from 1969-1979. She served as the first woman president of the National Opera Association and was producer and stage director of many operas and programs of opera scenes. She died in 2007.

Robert Wallace made his debut as a piano soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic at the age of sixteen and performed many solo recitals, as well as being affiliated with the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and others. He was also a much sought-after vocal coach. He died in 1995.



“[This book] will be of inestimable value to directors of opera workshops and heads of academic voice departments; [it] will also assist young singers.”—Central Opera Service Bulletin of the Metropolitan Opera