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"Emerson explores the lives and careers of women singers of classical music from the late sixteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Presented in rough chronological order, each of 20 chapters opens with a description of an individual singer's sound, followed by a brief biography and a summation of the artist's significance. Coverage includes well-known divas such as Marian Anderson and Jenny Lind as well as more obscure vocalists, such as Lillian Nordica, whose varied repertoire included everything from opera to singing with Gilmore's Brass Band."
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"Emerson writes lucidly and interestingly….Undoubtedly this is an useful book for specialist music collections across library sectors."
"Emerson offers a study of 20 classical women singers who have excelled in a specific area and succeeded in achieving specific goals, and whose work is significant for the art of singing and represents a model for later generations….The singers' stories tell much about musical life and ideals of the time, and the book provides commentary on how women fared in the business of music, emphasizing their ingenuity and persistence. Chapters contain time lines of the women's lives along with bibliographies, some quite extensive. The index is mostly limited to names and a few places but is nonetheless quite helpful. This book is a valuable addition to the body of literature in this field. Recommended. All academic libraries; all levels."
"Although opera divas are the primary characters, recital singers also receive some attention in this study of selected careers from the late sixteenth to the middle of the twentieth centuries. . . . Each chapter includes a biographical sketch and career summary, timeline of major events, and bibliography."
The Beethoven Journal