Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet is a book anthology designed for the curious audiences of opera and ballet. Through detailed synopses, character lists, and musical moments to listen for, author Stephen J. Trygar helps you prepare for a night out at the theater.

The anthology is first broken down into smaller eBooks by composer for easy access. eBooks are combined into hardcover copies that will generally keep musical and cultural styles, time periods, and composers together.

Creative Team

Stephen Trygar


Stephen J. Trygar (pen name of author, podcaster, and historical musicologist Stephen Trygar) published his first book in January, 2020. Since then, he has dedicated his life to fulfilling his mission of making the arts more accessible to everyone and breaking down the social boundaries separating artforms. Stephen has an M.M. in Music History from Temple University, where his primary studies were Russian and French Romantic composers and theatrical music. Stephen has written and lectured on literature, music, and culture both at home and abroad. His podcasts The Composer Chronicles and Cultured, But… Not Really are his largest passion projects, creating spaces for artists to be themselves and a place where education can also be entertaining.

Jonathan Mesich


Jonathan Mesich was born and raised in Portage, Indiana.  Jonathan received his BA in Theater Design & Production from Purdue University in 2014 in West Lafayette, Indiana and his MFA in Theater Design & Production from Temple University in 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. He has previously worked at the Midland Community Theater internship in Midland, Texas, the Eclipse Theater in Chicago, and the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia.  He is currently living in Philadelphia.

Brian Edwards

Cover Design (Physical Volumes)

Brian Edwards is a video editor and motion graphics designer with a passion for film and video game scores. Brian is the designer of Alexandrian Media’s logo and is the resident cover designer for the hardcover copies of Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet.

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