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The long and intense life of Giacomo Meyerbeer and the importance of his operas composed in Germany, Italy and France, which marked an era.

A book that fills a resounding void in Italian musicology and that highlights a composer very appreciated and famous in his time.


Roberto Monaco


The life. The artworks


Preface by Corrado Rollin


pages 240

price € 19,00

size cm 15,5×23, paperback with lapels

Scritti di Musica Series

ISBN 978-88-31274-53-1



An exhaustive and updated essay on the life and operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer. From the beginning, to the Italian and French period, for each work is reported the plot and analyzed the musical style.

A book written with language accessible to all, dry and essential, very pleasant to read, but at the same time thorough and scientifically rigorous.

  • The book is divided into:
    • biography of the composer, punctuated by long stays in Germany, Italy and France;
    • analysis of all his lyrical works through the plot, scanning into acts and paintings and musical style;
    • rich and up-to-date bibliography.

The very interesting preface by Rollin makes us relive the enormous success that the composer had in life, especially among the greatest writers and intellectuals of his time, such as Balzac, Zola, Sand, Proust.

Excellent study for both scholars of musical theater and fans of opera.

On the 4th cover a commentary by mezzo-soprano Manuela Custer.


Reader profile

  • opera fans
  • scholars of history of music
  • music students


Profile of the author and the foreman

Roberto Monaco, graduated in Physics and professor of Mathematical Physics at the Polytechnic of Turin, but as a passionate about music and opera, he has poured the scientific rigor into musicological research on the history of musical theater. Dal Since 2013 he has coordinated the workshop “Architettura, scenografia e musica” in the master’s degree courses in Archettura in collaboration with the Teatro Regio of Turin.

Corrado Rollin, musicologist, has been working for years on the relationship between music and literature, collaborating with the Teatro Regio, Rai, Teatro Baretti and the Unione Musicale di Torino. For Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana he wrote and interpreted the television program “W Verdi, Giuseppe!”.

Additional information

Weight 0.366 kg