""In Search of Opera" is powerful, original, and important. Carolyn Abbate is a highly distinctive voice in the field of opera studies. Her capacity to disturb easy orthodoxies is astonishing. She brings philosophical sophistication to everything she treats. And she is a lovely writer."--Paul Robinson, Stanford University
"These essays represent a breakthrough performance, building on the author's widely admired scholarly publications but pressing out into fascinating mediations on philosophical matters inspired by the experience of music. There are gifts throughout. The chapter on "The Magic Flute" is by itself worth more than the price of the book."--Stanley Cavell, Harvard University
"This book, which could be described broadly as a deconstruction of musical performance, is itself a performance. It is a work of great intellectual distinction in a field that doesn't have many such. Poetic, too. Abbate is one of those few critics for whom, one feels, criticism is an art."--Joseph Kerman, University of California, Berkeley
"Abbate's brilliant study is likely to challenge readers and reshape thinking about opera for years to come"--M. Lignana Rosenberg, "Opera News"
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