Lily Pons: A Centennial Portrait

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(Amadeus). The popular opera star Lily Pons (1898-1976) was the reigning coloratura at the Metropolitan Opera from 1931 to 1959, and her career included several Hollywood films. She was as beautiful and charming as she was talented a combination that made her a true celebrity. This collection brings together the impressions of colleagues, critics and scholars about this much-beloved diva, with more than 100 rare photographs from Lily Pons' own archives, largely owned by Ludecke and her family. HARDCOVER. ...
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Overview

(Amadeus). The popular opera star Lily Pons (1898-1976) was the reigning coloratura at the Metropolitan Opera from 1931 to 1959, and her career included several Hollywood films. She was as beautiful and charming as she was talented a combination that made her a true celebrity. This collection brings together the impressions of colleagues, critics and scholars about this much-beloved diva, with more than 100 rare photographs from Lily Pons' own archives, largely owned by Ludecke and her family. HARDCOVER.
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Collects essays and remembrances of the life of the premiere coloratura soprano of the interwar years. Published in celebration of the centennial of her birth. Drake (U. of Central Florida) and Ludecke (a coloratura soprano) bring together the impressions of colleagues, critics, and scholars, as well as writings by Pons herself to explore all aspects of the legend<-->the person, the star, the voice, the career. The volume features a fascinating portfolio of about 100 rare b&w photographs from the diva's own archives, and includes a foreword by Beverly Sills, a bibliography, a list of her films, an analysis of her recorded legacy, and a discography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670479
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Opera Biography Series
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Introduction 13
Pt. 1 Beginnings
1 My Early Life 19
2 Lily Pons in France 25
3 Coloraturas at the Metropolitan 38
4 The Arrival of Lily Pons 46
Pt. 2 Stardom
5 Lily Pons Cheered at Metropolitan Debut 57
6 Lakme Returns to the Metropolitan with Pons as Star 60
7 Miracles Do Happen, Says Lily Pons 63
8 Lily Pons and Adelina Patti 70
9 A Lady Who Can Scrimshaw a Melody 75
Pt. 3 The Voice
10 Fame Overnight! 83
11 The Girl Who Wants to Sing 91
12 Profitable Vocal Study 97
13 Glamour, Glitter, and Grit 102
Pt. 4 Radio and Film
14 Lily Pons and the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts 109
15 Lily Pons in Hollywood 123
Pt. 5 Andre
16 Lily 135
17 The Wartime Tours 142
18 Lily Pons: An Essay in Astro-Economics 155
Pt. 6 Milestones
19 Silver Gilt for Lily 169
20 The Legendary Lily 173
Pt. 7 The Last Prima Donna
21 The World of Lily Pons 179
22 Lily Pons: 1898-1976 184
23 Lily Pons 187
Notes 195
Lily Pons: A Selected Bibliography 203
The Films of Lily Pons 209
The Recorded Legacy of Lily Pons 213
A Lily Pons Discography 219
Index 247
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