B1792. Matthew Boyden. Opera: The Rough Guide, First Edition. London, The Rough Guide, 2007. 733pp. Index; Photos; Illus. Various singers and musicians are spotlighted. (Pictorial thick paper covers) 978-1-84353-538-6 9781843535386
"A unique handbook on the most thrilling of art forms, spanning four hundred years of musical drama. It includes lively biographical sketches of some 150 composers, entertaining accounts of hundreds of operas both famous and neglected, incisive CD reviews, and a "who's who" of the finest singers and conductors on record. An invaluable collection of details and facts for students, teachers and performers of the genre."
-J. W. Pepper