Icons of Opera: A History in Photographs 1900-2000

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As we move into the 21st century, opera is enjoying a popular revival. Since its birth in the late 1500s, opera has generally suffered from the misconception that only the privileged few, educated in the language and musical traditions of an elitist art form, could enjoy the genre. Today, however, mass culture has embraced opera—witness the phenomena of the Three Tenors—and has excited ordinary people with a passion for music that synthesizes orchestra, voice, drama, and thrilling spectacle. Not surprisingly, ...
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Overview

As we move into the 21st century, opera is enjoying a popular revival. Since its birth in the late 1500s, opera has generally suffered from the misconception that only the privileged few, educated in the language and musical traditions of an elitist art form, could enjoy the genre. Today, however, mass culture has embraced opera—witness the phenomena of the Three Tenors—and has excited ordinary people with a passion for music that synthesizes orchestra, voice, drama, and thrilling spectacle. Not surprisingly, this renaissance of opera has resulted in the elevation of many celebrated singers to the status of icon, while helping to push relative newcomers straight into the limelight. Icons of Opera takes a look at more than eighty of the "larger-than-life" operatic figures of this century, using stunning black-and-white photographs and descriptive narratives to encapsulate each subject's greatness, either by way of an intimate portrait revealing charisma and character, or in performance of one of their greatest roles.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571452948
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Pasquale Amato 8
Marian Anderson 10
Cecilia Bartoli 12
Kathleen Battle 14
Carlo Bergonzi 16
Jussi Bjorling 18
Inge Borkh 20
Grace Bumbry 22
Montserrat Caballe 24
Maria Callas 26
Emma Calve 28
Jose Carreras 30
Enrique Caruso 32
Fyodor Chaliapin 34
Boris Christoff 36
Franco Corelli 38
Lisa della Casa 40
Mario del Monaco 42
Victoria de los Angeles 44
Emmy Destinn 46
Giuseppe di Stefano 48
Placido Domingo 50
Geraldine Farrar 52
Kathleen Ferrier 54
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 56
Kirsten Flagstad 58
Renee Fleming 60
Mirella Freni 62
Mary Garden 64
Nicolai Gedda 66
Beniamino Gigli 68
Tito Gobbi 70
Marilyn Horne 72
Hans Hotter 74
Maria Jeritza 76
Siegfried Jerusalem 78
Gwyneth Jones 80
Alfredo Kraus 82
Mario Lanza 84
Giacomo Lauri-Volpi 86
Lotte Lehmann 88
Lotte Lenya 90
George London 92
Giovanni Martinelli 94
Victor Maurel 96
Nellie Melba 98
Lauritz Melchior 100
Robert Merrill 102
Sherrill Milnes 104
Birgit Nilsson 106
Jessye Norman 108
Adelina Patti 110
Luciano Pavarotti 112
Peter Pears 114
Alfred Piccaver 116
Ezio Pinza 118
Lily Pons 120
Rosa Ponselle 122
Leontyne Price 124
Samuel Ramey 126
Mark Reyzen 128
Titta Ruffo 130
Tito Schipa 132
Elisabeth Schumann 134
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 136
Beverly Sills 138
Joan Sutherland 140
Francesco Tamagno 142
Richard Tauber 144
Renata Tebaldi 146
Kiri Te Kanawa 148
Bryn Terfel 150
Luisa Tetrazzini 152
Lawrence Tibbett 154
John Tomlinson 156
Richard Tucker 158
Eva Turner 160
Astrid Varnay 162
Jon Vickers 164
Ramon Vinay 166
Leonard Warren 168
Wolfgang Windgassen 170
Fritz Wunderlich 172
Giovanni Zenatello 174
Index 176
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