Opera Odyssey Book

A Sensational Limited Edition

Being published in November 2021 in English, and in 2022 in German, Russian, French, Arabic, & Mandarin language editions.

The numbered Limited Edition book will retail at €245, whereas the Exclusive Edition is €380. Both prices include post & packaging.

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 or boardroom. 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 (listed below) and a selection of their operatic works.

Regrettably, our beautiful publication has been delayed twice because of restrictions imposed due to the global pandemic. Despite the fact that there is every likelihood further lockdowns will be inflicted on us in the first quarter of next year at least, we have now taken appropriate measures to ensure the Opera Odyssey book will published in time for Christmas 2021. 

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

Book Founding Patrons

Our book’s 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 the advance purchase of the Exclusive Edition (€380).  This allows us to obtain the essential and expensive reproduction rights and permissions for images not in the public domain. 

The Exclusive Edition is quarter bound by hand in fine Moroccan leather and presented within a handmade clamshell presentation box.  The names of patrons will also be featured (with consent) on the Founding Patrons’ page within the book as well as on the book’s dedicated website being launched in mid-January 2021. Furthermore they will be our VIP guests at the inaugural Opera Odyssey Gala Concert in Prague*. (*this refers to complimentary VIP tickets including the meal, but excludes travel and accommodation).

Become a Founding Patron

In the third section of the short form below, you may enter a name, couple, or family name.  These names will be featured on the Founding Patron’s Page within the book and on the book’s website.  If you do not wish for your name to be made public, please leave this section blank.

After you submit the form, you will be brought to an acknowledgement page with a payment link.

Book Technical Specifications

Limited Edition

The Opera Odyssey book is an elegant, hardback, large format publication (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. The title is debossed on the front and spine. Publication is limited to 1000 numbered copies in a language edition.


Limited to 100 copies in each language edition, and reserved exclusively for the book's Founding Patrons.

Quarter bound by hand in fine Moroccan leather, with gilt-edged pages, the book is presented in a handmade clamshell box.

Publication Team

Maestro Gianmaria Griglio

Biljana Nedelkovska
Gerard Patrick

Art of Opera

Alexander Novoseltsev

Mehdi Adlany

Ger O’Connor

Gutenberg Press, Malta
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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