The New Grove Dictionary of Opera edited by Stanley Sadie, in four volumes, 1992. Managing Editor Christina Bashford. Gold gilt topped pages. Excellent condition with sharp corners & clean pages. Printed in the USA. Macmillan Press Limited.
For serious opera lovers, this comprehensive masterwork has long been the Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem of reference works. If you want a more comprehensive study, turn to the Grove. This massive work not only discusses composers & opera plots, it also details biographical details about singers, conductors and impresarios, plus whole sections on opera traditions in various countries as well as sections on staging, costumes, etc. Moreover, it does so in a clear, concise manner that is not excessively technical.