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Leonard Warren: American Baritone

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(Amadeus). The great baritone Leonard Warren was history's most notable interpreter of Verdi, making his mark in the title roles of Rigoletto , Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra . Warren's dramatic death over 40 years ago is famous: he collapsed and died onstage at the Met on March 4, 1960 in a performance as Carlo in La forza del destino . In this definitive biography, Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, author of an acclaimed biography of Giuseppe Verdi, offers an intimate portrait of a beloved opera star, based on hundreds of interviews. More than 100 rare
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Overview

(Amadeus). The great baritone Leonard Warren was history's most notable interpreter of Verdi, making his mark in the title roles of Rigoletto , Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra . Warren's dramatic death over 40 years ago is famous: he collapsed and died onstage at the Met on March 4, 1960 in a performance as Carlo in La forza del destino . In this definitive biography, Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, author of an acclaimed biography of Giuseppe Verdi, offers an intimate portrait of a beloved opera star, based on hundreds of interviews. More than 100 rare photographs capture Warren in his great roles as well as in private moments. HARDCOVER.
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To many opera lovers, Leonard Warren was the greatest baritone of the 20th century. The Bronx-born son of Russian immigrants had extraordinary flexibility and control of dynamics, and the great Verdi roles--Rigoletto, Scarpia, Amonasro, Iago--seemed to have been written for his big, powerful voice. This exhaustive, occasionally repetitive biography appears in time for the 40th anniversary of the singer's dramatic death, onstage during a performance of La forza del destino at New York City's Metropolitan Opera. Phillips-Matz, a frequent contributor to Opera News and Opera Quarterly and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winning author of Verdi (Oxford Univ., 1993), provides a wealth of detail about the singer's personal and professional life along with valuable supplemental materials. The Leonard Warren Foundation is releasing a commemorative CD set in conjunction with the publication of this book, which should find a place on the shelves of academic and large public libraries.--Kate McCaffrey, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670530
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Opera Biography Series
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    A flawed but overdue biography

    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.

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