Opera is one of the world's most dramatic art forms. It inspires such dedication among its followers that many will travel the globe for a chance to watch their favourite operas performed in world-famous venues. This handy reference guide from Classic FM covers the major milestones and composers in the history of opera, featuring some of the greatest works ever written, to help you discover the extraordinary world of opera. Some of classical music's most famous works are found in opera, and from film soundtracks to football stadiums, it reaches a vast worldwide audience. Packed full of essential information, this pocket-sized handbook explores the key styles in the genre, from the Baroque era to the modern masters, the greatest composers, voices and venues, as well as recommending essential operas to see and tracks to download. Classic FM's Handy Guides are a fun and informative set of introductions to standout subjects within classical music, each of which can be read and digested in one sitting: a perfect collectible series whether you're new to the world of classical music or an aficionado.