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From the Publisher"Impressively well researched, the book provides a fascinating account of the lives of established and aspiring singers and of the social and cultural forces that shaped them." —Choice
"A comprehensive and articulate study, intelligently constructed and stylishly written." —BBC Music Magazine
"The Prima Donna and Opera presents a fascinating social and historical narrative built on the written words of prime donne and those who knew them. Rutherford weaves together vibrant anecdotes from the period to form a powerfully suggestive - even gripping - narrative, one that is impressive not only for its wide-ranging assemblage of information, but also for the complex relations it exposes between opera and women." - Sean M. Parr, Current Musicology
"This could be a particularly useful book for a women's study course."
—The Opera Journal