Opera Odyssey Book

A limited edition publication

available in English, German, Russian, French, Arabic, and Mandarin editions

Regrettably the publication of our book was delayed due to the global pandemic restrictions. Now being launched in the autumn of 2021, the Opera Odyssey book will be a glorious work on opera’s four century history. An expression of excellence and beauty, this luxurious book will take pride of place on any home coffee table or in any company reception area. Lavishly illustrated with 60 colour plates and more than 300 additional images, including specially commissioned paintings, the book is written in an authoritative yet accessible style.

Everyone, from those only starting their exploration of opera, to the veritable connoisseur, will treasure this limited edition book, which features the lives of 100 composers and a selection of their operatic works.

Technical specification:
The Opera Odyssey book is an elegant, hardback, large format production (37cm x 29cm) weighing some 4kg.  The 512-page book is printed on 130g silk coated paper, thread sewn, and with Brillianta (Van Heek) cloth, drawn onto 3000 micron board for the cover, which has the title debossed on the front and spine. Publication is limited to 1000 numbered copies in a language edition.

Quarter bound in fine Moroccan leather, with gilt-edged pages and presented in a handmade clamshell box, only 100 copies are being produced for the book’s Founding Patrons. 

Music Consultant & Editor

Maestro Gianmaria Griglio


Biljana Nedelkovska


Gerard Patrick


Alexander Novoseltsev

Head of translation

Mehdi Adlany


Gutenberg Press, Malta

Founding Patrons

Our Founding Patrons are supporters of the arts in general but with a particular interest in opera and classical music.  They graciously and generously support the book’s production through its advance purchase. In return they receive the Exclusive Edition quarter bound in fine Moroccan leather contained within a handmade clamshell presentation box. Their names will also be featured on the Founding Patrons’ page within the book as well as on the book’s dedicated website being launched later in June. In addition they will be our VIP guests at the Opera Odyssey Gala Concert of their choice.

The regular limited edition book will retail at €260, whereas the Exclusive Edition is €380. Both prices include post & packaging.

The 100 Featured Composers

Aav ♦ Adams ♦ Antasov ♦ Bajić ♦ Barber ♦ Bartok ♦ Beethoven ♦ Bellini ♦ Berg ♦ Berlioz ♦ Bizet ♦ Boito ♦ Borodin ♦ Britten ♦ Bruči ♦ Buys ♦ Caccini ♦ Carrer ♦ Catalani ♦ Cavalli ♦ Cherubini ♦ Cilea ♦ Cimarosa ♦ De Falla ♦ de Sarno-San Giorgio ♦ Debussy ♦ Donizetti ♦ Dvorak ♦ Eggert ♦ Enescu ♦ Gerschwin ♦ Giordano ♦ Glass ♦ Glinka ♦ Gluck ♦ Gotovac ♦ Gounod ♦ Granados ♦ Gretry ♦ Hajibeyov ♦ Handel ♦ Honegger ♦ Humperdinck ♦ Jakova ♦ Janacek ♦ Joplin ♦ Kalniņš ♦ Karnavicius ♦ Keil ♦ Leoncavallo ♦ Ligeti ♦ Lully ♦ Madetoja ♦ Makedonski 

Mascagni ♦ Massenet ♦ Menotti ♦ Meyerbeer ♦ Moniuszko ♦ Monteverdi ♦ Moruzi ♦ Mozart ♦ Mussorgsky ♦ Nielsen ♦ O’Dwyer ♦ Paliashvili ♦ Penderecki ♦ Peri ♦ Pijper ♦ Ponchielli ♦ Poulenc ♦ Prokofiev ♦ Puccini ♦ Purcell ♦ Rameau ♦ Rangström ♦ Ravel ♦ Respighi ♦ Rimsky-Korsakov ♦ Rossini ♦ Saint-Saëns ♦ Samaras ♦ Scarlatti ♦ Schjelderup ♦ Schoenberg ♦ Schreker ♦ Shostakovich ♦ Smetana ♦ Spendiaryan ♦ Spontini ♦ Strauss, Richard ♦ Stravinsky ♦ Szymanowski ♦ Tchaikovsky ♦ Verdi ♦ von Weber ♦ von Zemlinsky ♦ Wagner ♦ Wallace ♦ Wolf-Ferrari

Become a Founding Patron

Our Founding Patrons provide invaluable operational support in the production of the Opera Odyssey book.  They allow us to obtain the time critical reproduction rights and permissions for images not in the public domain.  Their generous support through advance purchase is acknowledged by: –

∼ their inclusion on the Founding Patron’s page inside the book and on its dedicated website ∼
∼ their presence at one of our Gala Concerts as our VIP guests ∼
∼ as recipients of one of the 100 Exclusive Edition copies of the Opera Odyssey book ∼

Please use the short form below to become a Founding Patron of the Opera Odyssey book. Being a Founding Patron represents an advance purchase of the Exclusive Edition, which is limited to 100 copies.  When you complete and submit the form below, you will be brought to a payment fulfilment page.  Our payment provider is PayPal and you do not need a PayPal account to use the service.  Simply choose the option to ‘pay with a card’.  At no stage in the transaction process do we have access to your card details.  If you prefer to pay by Electronic Bank Transfer, the necessary details are provided on the page as well.

Please ensure that all relevant details are included such as postal code. Please be advised this is a large and heavy book. It will not fit through a mail box. You will be notified by email when the book has been dispatched.
This can be a person’s name, a couple, or a family name for example. Please note this name will also appear on the book’s website. If you prefer not to have the name featured in the book and website, please write ‘NONE’ in the box provided.
If you were referred by one of our Opera Odyssey Ambassadors, please include their name here.

Opera Odyssey is wholly owned by
Baikal Developments Ltd.
Registered in Ireland
No. 623069
The Opera Odyssey book is published by
Baikal Publishing
part of Baikal Developments
Printed in Malta by
Gutenberg Press Ltd.

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