opera world: an overture for young people


Through a few short lessons in music theory, biographies of major composers, synopses of 14 major operas, and a “pre-and-post-opera” preparation program, the author provides an authentic and practical guide for anyone, particularly young adults, to really enjoy a night at the Opera.

Educational Themes:

This guidebook focuses on how Opera can enrich the lives of those who under-stand and appreciate this sophisticated and beautiful art form.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 to 10
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
This is a must for a Music Teacher’s classroom and/or the school library’s music collection. Parents who home school or those who would like to introduce their children to Opera, will find this handbook to be an exceptionally helpful guide.
Parent Reaction:

Americans have a limited appreciation for Opera. They are missing an opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful music. There are a number of reasons, some legitimate and some unfounded, as to why Opera has not been more widely respected and accepted in the United States.


The author, a former voice coach and educator, is in command of the subject matter and understands how to reach her audience. The organization, layout, selection of material, and games and exercises are all aimed at attracting the attention and interest of young adults.



Title Opera World: An Overture For Young People
Author Ann Lee-Thompson
Publisher American Literary Press © 2005
ISBN 1561678961
Material Paperback
Cost $14.95
Genres Music, Performing Arts, Guidebook
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