Opera A-Z: A Beginners Guide to Opera by Liddy Lindsay

Opera A-Z by Liddy Lindsay is a look at famous opera's and their composers that is specifically written for kids.


Lindsay uses every letter of the alphabet to discuss twenty-six different opera plots. Using the name of the opera- or occasionally the name of the main character- Lindsay discusses what the opera is about and who the composer of the opera was. Throughout the book, she also introduces vocabulary words that teach about opera and different musical time periods. At the end of the book is a complete reference section that is a collection of all of the information throughout the book.

I don't know much about opera myself, so I was very interested in this book. I learned quite a bit. I liked the organization of the book around the letters of the alphabet. I liked that there was quite a variety in the book- different styles of opera, different time periods represented. Lindsay also seems to choose operas that are known in some way- Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Madame Butterfly- many of them are operas or characters that are at least known in some way. The book also has some good illustrations for each opera.

I would use this book for upper elementary and older kids. I enjoy sharing books like this even with my older kids. And I enjoyed the look I got at opera.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.