From the vocal pioneers of the 19th century to Callas, Sills, and stars of today, here is a colorful and absorbing history of the larger-than-life ...Show synopsisFrom the vocal pioneers of the 19th century to Callas, Sills, and stars of today, here is a colorful and absorbing history of the larger-than-life American singers who transformed opera--filled with prima-donna antics, hilarious backstage anecdotes, and performance lore. 16 pages of photos.Hide synopsis
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Description:Very Good. ISBN: 0385421737; New York, 1997; Stated First...Very Good. ISBN: 0385421737; New York, 1997; Stated First Edition; black paper over boards with red cloth spine; in black dust jacket; mild shelfwear to jacket; owner's inscription on free front endpaper, otherwise interior is clean; light spotting to book edges; 626 pages; illustrated; 8vo-over 7 3/4"-9 3/4" Tall.
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Description:Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Near-new condition....Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Near-new condition. Stated First Edition. Number line: 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $40.00. Tight spine, clean pages. Nicely illustrated. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 626 pages. Synopsis: In America today, opera has never been more popular, and one reason for this is, no doubt, that American opera singers are fixtures on every leading opera stage throughout the world. In this lively and engrossing account, Peter G. Davis, music critic for New York magazine and a leading opera authority, tells the story of how these plucky, resilient and supremely talented American singers have transformed this venerable European-born art form and made it their own. Included are Maria Callas, Beverly Sills, Richard Tucker, Leontyne Price, Marilyn Horne, Lawrence Tibbett, and a galaxy of others whose stories are as dramatic and compelling as the roles they sang on stage. Library Journal: Americans aspiring to an operatic career once changed their names to make themselves sound European; today they dominate the rosters of opera houses all over the world. Davis, a prominent New York music journalist, has given us a splendid account of their artistic journey, from the early 19th century to the present. Enticing chapter headings like "Last Night There was Skating on the Nile" and "A Caruso in Petticoats" introduce Davis's tales of artists who were both extraordinary and very human. Among the most memorable are David Bispham, whose roles were selected by a psychic, and Olive Fremstad, the Metropolitan Opera's first Salome. To prepare for her famous scene with the head of John the Baptist, she visited a morgue and rehearsed with the real thing. A "page-turner" for opera fans, this highly readable book will also be useful as a reference source for information about many lesser-known singers. Recommended both for academic and public libraries. Kate McCaffrey, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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