- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Whether they were male...
Whether they were male or female, these singers were amazing virtuosi, perhaps the greatest singers there have ever been -- "angels." Unfortunately, some of them (and often the most famous) were also capable of behaving extremely badly, both on and off stage -- "monsters." This book tells their colorful stories.
Besides providing fascinating anecdotes about some of those who graced and disgraced the operatic stage, Richard Somerset-Ward tells the story of their greatest glory -- the singing tradition they founded and perfected, which we know as bel canto and which is still the backbone of operatic singing today. Rich in musical, social, and cultural lore, Angels and Monsters illuminates a unique and vanished tradition and will be irresistible to opera lovers everywhere.
|2||Getting away with murder : the prima donna comes of age||19|
|4||The castrato ascendancy||63|
|5||Apres Gluck and the time of Mozart||93|
|6||Prime donne assolute||119|
|7||The world's showcase : Paris 1800-1871||161|
|8||Dramatic singing : the Verdian soprano||191|
|9||Heroic singing : the Wagnerian soprano||225|
|Suggestions for further reading||307|