Christmas stocking suggestions: new books out this month
Daniel Snowman’s 2009 book The Gilded Stage has just come out in paperback. This social history of opera has tales of impresarios, monarchs and money makers, artists and audiences. It leads the way through Renaissance Florence, to the Paris of Louis XIV, Handel’s London and beyond, winding up with Gold Rush millionaires and Toscanini performing Wagner in Buenos Aires.
It’s an excellent read, full of anecdote and deft detail. For a taste of Snowman’s writing, see his mini History of Opera on our very own ROH website.
And for balletomanes…
Also published this month: Apollo’s Angels, a major new history of classical ballet.
Jennifer Homans, a former dancer, has written this comprehensive new history which takes the reader from the 16th century to today. She traces the formal evolution of technique, choreography and performance with erudition and true feeling for the art form – essential reading for anyone interested in the origins of today’s ballet.