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By Alfred Loewenberg

The 1st try at a Dictionary of Operas used to be made through Leone Allacci, a discovered Greek from the island of Chios, who grew to become Librarian of the Vatican Library and released "Drammaturgia", a list of all operas played as much as that date, in 1666. on the grounds that then a couple of catalogues, dictionaries, and histories of Opera were released in numerous languages, however the current huge paintings of Dr. Alfred Loewenberg is the 1st, so far as i do know, to rearrange the fabric 12 months by way of yr in chronological, instead of alphabetical irder. It begins with the 1st of all operas, "La Dafne" composed through Jacopo Peri and produced at Florence in 1597, and ends with these produced in 1940. .... for each Opera named we're given the names of librettist and composer, in addition to the identify of the theater and town during which the 1st construction came about; yet in addition to those naked evidence we're frequently provided with an unlimited volume of subsidiary info, particularly as regards the resource of the plot, next revivals in different towns and translations into a number of languages.

***Excerpt from advent by way of Edward J. Dent, October 1942***

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