A series of hardback books each with two EMI compact discs. An extraordinary marriage of music and words in a popularly priced package: each of these books provides the history of a famous opera and its composer, plus the complete libretto in its original language and an English translation with annotated commentary. Inside the front and back cover of each book are 2 EMI music CDs containing a top performance of the opera. This is a complete multi-media guide to understanding and appreciating opera. It features the complete opera on two CDsm, and the complete libretto with annotations, and a critical historical commentary full colour photos of performances. 6 titles have been repacked with newly formatted and redesigned books.