Can't Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell

Can't Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell

by Eileen Farrell, Brian Kellow
     
 

The long-anticipated memoir of one of the greatest and most celebrated American singers of the twentieth centurySee more details below

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The long-anticipated memoir of one of the greatest and most celebrated American singers of the twentieth century

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If the test of an autobiography is whether the reader comes to know (and like) the subject, then Farrell succeeds admirably with this frank and charming account of her extraordinary career. She doesn't gloss over mistakes or weaknesses; nor does she quote endlessly from her reviews. In short, she appears genuinely modest while being honest about her abilities and successes. Her singing career was unique, with enormous success both in classical music and jazz. She worked with many famous singers and conductors of her time and doesn't hold back her blunt opinions of them. She explains the brevity of her career at the Metropolitan Opera, her controversial teaching career at Indiana University, and her rewarding experience with the Bach Aria Group. Many of her recordings have recently been reissued on compact disc, making this a perfect time for the first book about her career to appear. Recommended for academic and public library collections.--Kate McCaffrey, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Eileen Farrell, one of the most celebrated American singers of the century, shares personal reminiscences about her professional and personal life. In addition to her rise to fame as an opera star, she recollects her sometimes stormy marriage of 40 years, her life outside the limelight, and her love of jazz and pop music. She names names while describing her frustrating tenure as a faculty member at Indiana University, and speaks frankly about her tumultuous years at the Metropolitan Opera. Kellow is executive director of . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555534066
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
11/09/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.99(d)

What People are saying about this

Cecilia Bartoli
“When I heard the opera and jazz recordings of Eileen Farrell, it was a complete revelation to me. And now this fascinating book gives the background to the singer's personality. No wonder that her art is so great, because she has a heart, intelligence, and sense of humor as big as that fabulous voice.”
Edwin Newman
“I had known that Eileen Farrell was a great soprano. Now I know that she is also a great storyteller. This account of her life and career is candid and amusing. It is also a revealing look at the world of music-concert, opera, and popular-and those who inhabit it.”
Beverly Sills
“Thank heaven Eileen Farrell couldn’t help singing. I can’t help loving her. I can’t help loving this book. It’s lusty, funny, warm, and no holds barred. It’s Eileen! It’s a treat.”
Renée Fleming
“Candid and straightforward, this book brings to mind Eileen Farrell's recording of 'To This We've Come' from The Consul. When I was asked to record this aria, my response was no thank you-the perfect recording already exists and it's Eileen Farrell's. Like the recording, Ms. Farrell's book with Brian Kellow gets directly to the heart of the matter.”
Renee Fleming
"Candid and straightforward, this book brings to mind Eileen Farrell's recording of 'To This We've Come' from The Consul. When I was asked to record this aria, my response was no thank you-the perfect recording already exists and it's Eileen Farrell's. Like the recording, Ms. Farrell's book with Brian Kellow gets directly to the heart of the matter."

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