1943, 1st edition; "Officially Sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc."; illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren; Random House publishers, New York; hardbound in laurel green boards with red lettering and decor on the cover and along spine; black and white and color illustrations; very good condition with unmarked pages, except it appears that a previous owner's sticker has been removed from the inside page; no dust jacket.
Stories from 25 operas in the Metropolitan Operas repertoire. Each opera includes a list of the characters, description of the prominent scenes, comments on the general character of the music and about 300 of the leading airs and motives in the musical notation. As an aid to the reader, the story of each opera is given in act-by-act, scene-by-scene detail. A series of biographical notes on the composers has been included.
The most outstanding feature of the book are the 100 superb illustrations by Tenggren, carefully prepared after painstaking research in order to ensure absolute authenticity.