American Opera Singers and Their Recordings: Critical Commentaries and Discographies

Overview

This book focuses on American opera singers and what their recordings say about their artistry. It is not a book about all American opera singers, since many who had important careers on stage, made few, if any, recordings. And many of those who did make recordings, did so prior to the introduction of electrical recording in 1925 (and the resulting advances in the reproduction of the human voice). Opera enthusiasts can only imagine the sound of Farinelli's voice or read what his contemporaries have written about ...
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Overview

This book focuses on American opera singers and what their recordings say about their artistry. It is not a book about all American opera singers, since many who had important careers on stage, made few, if any, recordings. And many of those who did make recordings, did so prior to the introduction of electrical recording in 1925 (and the resulting advances in the reproduction of the human voice). Opera enthusiasts can only imagine the sound of Farinelli's voice or read what his contemporaries have written about it, but with almost any famous or near-famous singer of recent years, enthusiasts do not have to imagine. Their voices are available through the technology of sound recording.

There are 53 entries, one each for 52 singers and a composite entry for a group of Hollywood vocalists. Each entry contains biographical information and is followed by a discography of operatic recordings to be used in conjunction with the critical commentaries. The entries are in alphabetical order by the singer's last name and provide critical analyses of key recordings and of the artists' gifts and limitations.

About the Author:
Clyde T. McCants is also the author of Opera for Libraries (2003). A retired minister, he lives in Winnsboro, South Carolina.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419524
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2004
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Clyde T. McCants is the author of several opera books. A retired minister, he lives in Winnsboro, South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Note About the Discographies 5
June Anderson 7
Marian Anderson 15
Martina Arroyo 19
Rose Bampton 25
Kathleen Battle 30
Grace Bumbry 38
Richard Crooks 45
David Daniels 48
Mattiwilda Dobbs 52
Eileen Farrell 55
Renee Fleming 62
Dusolina Giannini 71
Jerry Hadley 75
Thomas Hampson 83
Jerome Hines 96
Marilyn Horne 102
James King 114
Dorothy Kirsten 122
Mario Lanza, Jeanette Macdonald and Nelson Eddy, and Other Hollywood Based Singers 129
Jennifer Larmore 134
Cornell MacNeil 143
James McCracken 148
Robert Merrill 152
Sherrill Milnes 161
Anna Moffo 173
Grace Moore 181
James Morris 184
Jessye Norman 190
Jan Peerce 200
Roberta Peters 210
Rosa Ponselle 215
Leontyne Price 223
Samuel Ramey 233
Regina Resnik 248
Neil Shicoff 254
Beverly Sills 259
Eleanor Steber 268
Rise Stevens 276
Cheryl Studer 282
Gladys Swarthout 294
Blanche Thebom 298
Lawrence Tibbett 302
Giorgio Tozzi 309
Helen Traubel 316
Norman Treigle 322
Tatiana Troyanos 327
Richard Tucker 334
Carol Vaness 342
Shirley Verrett 347
Deborah Voigt 355
Frederica von Stade 360
Leonard Warren 368
Dolora Zajick 377
Sources of Further Information 383
Index of Performing Artists 385
Index of Composers and Operas 392
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