Very Good. No Jacket. Dust jacket condition: No Jacket. ***Oversize*** Text free of underlining, writing and highlighting. INTRODUCTION The historic perspective of Metropolitan Opera across more than sixty years opens fresh vistas to anyone concerned with the lyric art. The great voices of the last century survive only through a few primitive recordings. The faces of these legendary artists hav-e taken on the halo of distance. We read of them with awe, we trace their historic repertoires with reverence. But as we come to assess their contribution to America, we realize that they represented for the most part an imported, almost an exotic luxury. When the Metropolitan Opera House opened in 1883 the Company, with a single exception, was European by birth and education, and the solitary American singer was forced by tradition to adopt an Italian name. Even as late as 1935, the business affairs of the Metropolitan were carried on in the Italian language under the leadership of foreigners. The burden of proof lay on the American singer, who was still a minority in a European troupe. At the age of sixty-two, the Metropolitan finds itself at the crossroads. In spite of the pressures of two world wars it has never deserted its function as a great international company, and yet, partly through force of circumstance, partly through the desire to tap the springs of native talent, it has vastly developed its American resources. Whether its future development will be exclusively on national lines is an opep question, the same question which is facing the United States today with momentous significance. The nationality of the artists is not the only factor in the evolution of the Metropolitan across the years. The city itself has changed.
1949 Wilson ~ Hardcover ~ Uncommon Reference ~ A season-by-season, day-by-day guide to performances at the Metropolitan opera, giving full personnel lists, cast lists and changes per opera, and press reports of performances and debuts. A critical and central resource for information on the Metropolitan Opera and opera in America ~ Blue Buckram w/ Gilt Title ~ Tight, clean, unmarked copy ~ Light spotting to outside page edges ~ Old inscription on FFEP ~ Nice Copy! ! ! ~; 115 pages.
First edition. Blue cloth over boards with title in gilt on spine. No DJ. 6 3/4 x 10 1/4. 751 pages. Illustrated with black & white photos. Signed by author on ffep, with an inscription to his friend. Boards and spine have light edge wear and some yellowing. Lean to spine. Some foxing to end papers. Pages lightly yellowed, corner crease on two. Good. Binding tight. Pages clean.
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