The Marvels of Opera
Who today knows the operas of Albéric Magnard? Or Cherubini's Medea? Dvoráks Dimitrij? Compared to the number of works that merit staging, standard opera repertory is narrow indeed. Jens Malte Fischer, well-known for his Mahler biography, is also familiar with operas seldom heard. In his essays he presents some of them and explains why they deserve
a closer examination. Outside the mainstream there are works that have fallen into oblivion only because they do not meet the expectations of the average opera-goer. Jens Malte Fischer shows how much there is to discover if one looks and listens carefully. More than stylish entertainment for an evening, opera offers the most refined artistic responses to human hopes and conflicts.
Fischer's book makes a powerful case for the art of opera. It demonstrates the form's incredible diversity as well as its political and social pertinence even without the services of a provocative director. Vom Wunderwerk der Oper is a must-read for all music lovers – and especially for those who love opera.