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Posted June 23, 2000
A biography of the great American baritone Leonard Warren is long overdue. But I hoped for one better than this. The writing style is stiff and does not flow very well. It reads more like a series of magazine articles than a book. The author is too willing to take Warren's sister's memories than those of fellow artists. Even worse, nothing is mentioned of his recording sessions. For instance, there is the rumor of a feud between Warren and Toscanini after their 1943 RIGOLETTO last act. Nothing of it is mentioned in the book but if there was no feud why did Toscanini use Valdengo instead of Warren for the complete operas? The index is poor and definitely limits its use as a reference. In fact, the index omits an entry for 'Warren, Leonard' altogether! How are people to find entries and references to aspects of his life? Lazy!! The author gives the impressions that Warren's live broadcasts from the Met are thanks to the Met's over-priced releases when, in fact, far more of his broadcasts performances are available at far better prices on such labels as Naxos, Arkadia, and Myto. The discography is complete but not laid out particularly well. Studio performances are mixed with live performances, etc. That said - HOWEVER! Realistically, this is probably the only biography we'll get of Warren so until another one comes along this one is self-recommending, flaws and all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.