B1676. David Kimbell. Italian Opera. Cambridge University Press, 1994. 684pp. Index; Bibliography; Illus. (Pictorial thick paper covers) - 0-521-46643-1 9780521466431
"Italy was the birthplace of opera. In this authoritative and accessible account of Italian opera, David Kimbell introduces those who, over three hundred years, created not only a national tradition but the central tradition from which others have drawn their inspiration. He traces
the history of Italian opera from its origins in the humanism of the Renaissance to Puccini in the early twentieth century, drawing attention not only to musical issues but also to the social, literary, and philosophical ideas that have shaped modern Italian civilization."
- Zillah D. Akron