Listen, Learn, Love, Opera

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About the author:
Thomson Smillie has spent his entire working life promoting, producing and directing opera and opera companies in the British Isles and the Americas. He began with Scottish Opera and has been artistic and/or managing director of the Wexford Festival, the Opera Company of Boston and for 16 seasons Kentucky Opera in Louisville. In addition to an active career as a stage director he has a dream later-life vocation: lecturing on opera aboard some of the world's most luxurious cruise lines including Seabourn, Silverseas, Regent and Crystal. He writes a monthly arts column and features for Louisville Magazine and broadcasts a radio version for WUOL. He has four children, four grand-children, was widowed eight years ago and is happily remarried to Marilyn Meredith with whom he shares travel and life's adventures.

Listen, Learn, Love, Opera

Authored by Thomson Smillie

The purpose of the book is to provide a path for people to acquire a basic acquaintance with opera, leading in time to greater understanding, deeper enjoyment and eventually a love of the most passionate of the arts; and to make the reader an avid subscriber, donor and volunteer with her/his local opera company. With chapters on how to start pleasurably and affordably, on suggested repertory, on the most enjoyable ways to prepare for a performance, and even some suggestions on operas to postpone for now, the book is aimed primarily at the young, but also at that huge swathe of the population entering its golden years who are attracted by the traditions, the vocal splendor and visual spectacle of great opera.

Publication Date:
1466312718 / 9781466312715
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / Genres & Styles / Opera

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