An Opera Sampler


Opera has fascinated and intrigued audiences for four hundred years. Its popularity in the late seventeenth century can only be compared to that of the modern cinema, and it has never lost its extraordinary hold on those who come under its spell. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in opera, especially in Canada and the United States, where new companies have developed in most of the principal cities and where new audiences have been drawn to the art form. The essays in this collection are based on the author’s extensive lecturing, writing, and broadcasting on opera and are intended for the enthusiastic opera-lover. While not intended as a history of opera, this series of eighteen essays nevertheless ranges over works from every period, from Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1607) to Harry Somers’ Mario the Magician (1992). Essays also cover such topics as opera in Toronto, and Stravinsky as a man of the theatre.


"Well-written, informative and easily read, this collection of essays is based on the author's extensive experience in lecturing, writing, and broadcasing on opera."

Canadian Music Educator

About the Author

Carl Morey

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Carl Morey

Carl Morey is a frequent writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on opera, and includes among his many publications An Opera Sampler: Miscellaneous Essays on Opera (Dundurn, 1998). During thirty years as professor of Musicology at the University of Toronto, he occupied the Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music (1991-2000), and was the Dean of the Faculty of Music (1984-90).