Formerly a music critic for the Times and dramaturg at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Patrick Carnegy has lectured, broadcast, and published widely on Wagner, opera, and the theatre.
"[A] massive undertaking... This book is truly epic in its scope,
and it will certainly become one of the standard reference works in
English, not only in Wagner but on twentieth-century stagecraft." -
Patrick O'Connor, Literary Review -- Patrick O'Connor *
Literary Review *
"...long meditated as well as meticulously researched...its overview is magisterial, and, despite its considerable length, the crisply organised structure and unfailing lucidity of the prose make it worth the effort of a thorough and continuous reading."---Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator -- Rupert Christiansen * The Spectator *
"...one of the most marvellous books I have read this year...Patrick Carnegy recounts with deep scholarship combined with good humour, Wagner's obsession with special effects."---A.N. Wilson, The Daily Telegraph -- A.N. Wilson * The Daily Telegraph *