Includes videography (p. 405-414).
Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-403) and index.
Fred Plotkin is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera , which is the standard text in North American for discovering the glories of opera. He writes for the New York Times , the Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Das Opernglas , and Gourmet .
He lectures on music for leading institutions, including Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Smithsonian. Plotkin is a popular guest on the intermission features of the Chevron Texaco-Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and many shows on National Public Radio. An expert on Italy, he has written five definitive books on Italian food and wine.