Top 5 Recommended Books for Your Reading List

Minnesota Opera recommends our top five favorite opera reads. Explore the list below, and discover some new favorites!

Mozart’s Women – Jane Glover

Written by renowned conductor Jane Glover, this vivid biography tells the stories of the women that Mozart composed for, performed with, and loved.


Mad Scenes and Exit Arias – Heidi Waleson

Heidi Waleson’s book looks at the history of New York City Opera, and the evolution of the operatic art form.


Pavarotti Up Close – Leone Magiera

Pavarotti’s story as told by his musical coach and accompanist.


Verdi’s Shakespeare – Garry Wills

An exploration of Verdi’s devotion to Shakespeare through the writing and staging of Macbeth, Otello, and Falstaff.


Secret Lives of Great Composers – Elizabeth Lunday

Outrageous and intriguing stories about composers that may have been left out of your music classes!

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