Vol. 2 of the anthology Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet—titled Beyond the Doorway: The Operas of Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel—is now available again on Amazon after what seemed like technical difficulties. I apologize for any confusion. The edition found on Amazon is the latest Updated Edition of the volume. Aside from Lulu, Amazon is currently the only place to get this edition, but keep your eyes peeled for updates on new eBook platforms!
Not all fairytales have happy endings. Composers Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel, through their operas, teach their audiences that love often comes with a price. Stephen J. Trygar explores these operas—from Debussy’s epic tale of forbidden love in Pélleas et Mélisande to a temper tantrum gone awry in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges—to allow those interested in attending a performance or listening to a recording an opportunity to understand the message woven into the music by these composers.