Sing Me a Story

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Author: Jane Rosenberg
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Sing Me a Story: The Metropolitan Opera's Book of Opera Stories for Children


"The thrilling stories of the great operas are brought to children in the most enjoyable way in this collection of fifteen illustrated tales. Sing Me a Story relates in words and pictures such famous operas as La Bohème, Carmen, The Magic Flute and Pagliacci – the action, the scenery and the music.

"Jane Rosenbur's illustrations capture the visual feast of opera: the gaiety of The Barber of Seville; the fairy-tale enchantment of Hansel and Gretel; the commedia dell'arte antics of The Love for Three Oranges; the lavish spectacle of Aida; and the eerie, twilight world of The Tales of Hoffman. Characters, sets, costumes and lighting are recreated to give the true flavour of authentic productions and to approximate, as fully as possible, the experience of a live performance.

"An introduction to these all-time favourites will stimulate a child's interest in opera – an interest that can be nourished by the many opportunities to hear and see a performance, be it in the opera house, in the cinema or on television. But even if there is no performance available or recording at hand, the narratives and paintings of Sing Me a Story offer a fascinating collection of rich and imaginative tales.

"Sing Me a Story embraces all the magic and excitement of the opera stage." – Dustjacket

  • Introduction by Luciano Pavarotti. Yes, that Pavarotti.
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