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Very Good. Octavo in dust jacket, frontispiece photo, xxvi, 342 pp., b/w illustrations, chronology, concert reertoire, discography, notes, bibliography, index. From the flap copy, "Born Raitza Burchstein in the Polish ghetto of Bialystok, she fled the 1906 pogroms and settled in Italy, where she studied under Barbara Marchisio at the conservatory of Naples. After her operatic debut in 1913 as Leonora in 'Oberto' during the Verdi celebrations at Parma, she immediately joined Cleofonte Campagnini's Chicago Opera and, renamed Rosa Raisa, achieved instant acclaim."
Fair. 1555535046 Marked as 'acceptable' mainly because this is an ex-library copy with the usual stamps, markings and stickers. Hardcover, with dust jacket and library mylar cover, 342 pages, Northeastern University Press publishers, 2001 copyright, ISBN: 1555535046. Title: Rosa Raisa: A Biography of a Diva with Selections from Her Memoirs author: Charles Mintzer. Usually ships with delivery confirmation. Where available, a photo of the actual cover has been provided instead of a stock photo. Condition description: an ex-library copy with mylar covers, usual stamps, circulation sticker has been torn off the right side of the end paper, leaving a rough strip of paper behind, appears to be a very lightly used copy otherwise inside the book. From the end flap: In this first biography of Raisa, Charles Mintzer provides a captivating and revealing portrait of a warm-hearted, generous artist whose career and complex personality were shaped by a life that crossed Jewish, Italian, and American cultural boundaries. Mintzer masterfully blends his narrative with selections from Raisa's unpublished memoir and excerpts from contemporary critical reviews to present a well-rounded picture of this extraordinary woman and to trace her incredible journey to operatic fame.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-11-05 Mintzer's account of the dramatic but largely forgotten soprano Rosa Raisa (1893-1963) is the first biography of the star, and an attempt to return her to her rightful place among 20th-century opera's shining lights. Raisa was born Raitza Burchstein in the Bialystok ghetto near the Russian border; at 13, in the wake of the 1906 pogroms, she fled to Italy. A wealthy Neapolitan couple arranged for her to audition for the Conservatory of Naples, and, at 14, her singing career began. She made her successful debut at Parma's Teatro Regio in 1913, and in the same year moved to the U.S. to work with the conductor Cleofonte Campanini, under whose urging she changed her name. But with the outbreak of WWI, Raisa went back to Italy and spent the next two years singing to acclaim there and in South America. She returned to Campanini's Chicago Opera in 1916, where she remained a star until her retirement in 1937. Drawing on information from her unpublished memoir and correspondence and conversations with her daughter, granddaughter, sister and friends, Mintzer, a freelance writer in New York City, presents a detailed account of the diva's life and career. Quoting extensively from reviews of her performances, he highlights her famous roles, such as her performance in Turandot, conducted by Toscanini, at La Scala's premiere of Puccini's last opera. Mintzer also documents her personal history: her marriage to baritone Giacomo Rimini, her struggle to have a child and feelings about being a Jew trained in Italy and living in America. His treatment is thorough and straightforward, but it is the many colorful excerpts from her own memoir that really bring Raisa to life. Illus. not seen by PW. (Dec. 3) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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