Opera Illustrated

1994
Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-895712-23-0

Renowned pianist Christina Petrowska has created a visual panorama of one of the world's most loved music and theatre genres. Everyone from the seasoned opera aficionado to the enthusiastic novice will marvel at Christina's stunning interpretations of such celebrated operas as Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Gioconda and Roméo et Juliette and her portraits of such popular performers as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Louis Quilico. This exquisite blend of media is a collection of drawings formed with the precision of a graphic artist and the originality of a surrealist, communicating a vast store of sensory riches in every bar of music. Stage designers, architects and all opera fans will savour the extreme detail and vivid imagination contained within each of Christina's set drawings and character visualizations. This book received acclaim from the opera world.

Foreword by Aldo Maggiorotti
Preface by Louis Quilico
Acknowledgements
About the Drawings

Arias
      • Adriana Lecouvreur
      • Aida
      • Un Ballo in Maschera
      • La Bohème
      • Carmen
      • Don Carlo
      • Don Giovanni
      • Il Due Foscari
      • Die Entfübrung aus dem Serail
      • Falstaff
      • La Gioconda
      • Lucia di Lammermoor
      • Idomeneo, Rè di Creta
      • Madama Butterfly
      • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
      • Otello
      • Pagliacci
      • Rigoletto
      • Roméo et Juliette
      • Suor Angelica
      • Tosca
      • La Traviata
      • Il Trovatore
      • Die Zauberflöte

Metropolitan Opera : Joan Dornemann
"This book is a treat for all opera lovers, it gives a vivid and imaginative view of opera. Delightful!"

- Joan Dornemann (Metropolitan Opera)
Metropolitan Opera : Sherrill Milnes
"For me, these sketches successfully portray opera in art. I found myself fascinated by the detail and originality. Ms. Petrowska has hit on an entirely different genre that is both unusual and rarely seen."

- Sherrill Milnes (Metropolitan Opera)