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From the PublisherAdvance Praise for The American Opera Singer:
"What a pleasure to read The American Opera Singer, a rare study based not on breathless sycophancy but on organized concern. And what a good writer he is, Peter G. Davis, with his long experience as major critic and historian....The book is in a class by itself."
--Ned Rorem, composer and author
"Peter G. Davis has long been regarded as one of America's most astute, most literate and most fearless music critics....In The American Opera Singer he reveals himself as a superb historian....Much has been written over the decades about individual American singers, but nothing to my knowledge can compare with the breadth of Davis's sweeping panorama."
--Martin Bernheimer, Pulitzer Prize-winning former chief music critic for the Los Angeles Times
"Peter G. Davis has told the tale with a wry wit, an eye for the telling detail, a nose for the relevant fact, and an ear for the sound of a voice. For all who are interested in our cultural identity, this book will be indispensable for decades to come."
--Conrad L. Osborne, music critic
"That Mr. Davis is a brilliantly informed, always scintillating and occasionally stroke-inducing critic makes The American Opera Singer essential for the opera lover. But I bet anyone who can read will find it impossible to put down."
--Albert Innaurato, playwright and music writer
From the Hardcover edition.