The Last Prima Donnas

Interviews with fifty-six great operatic divas of the twentieth century illuminate their lives, their art, and the world of modern opera

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Author: Lanfranco Rasponi

Publisher: Amadeus Press

ISBN: UCSD:31822028340594

Category: Music

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Interviews with fifty-six great operatic divas of the twentieth century illuminate their lives, their art, and the world of modern opera

New York Magazine

The Last Prima Donnas, by Lanfranco Rasponi. Alfred A. Knopf; 635 pages;
$22.50. THE APPEAL OF THE GREAT SINGERS HAS never been primarily
musical, nor has theatrical skill, with which singers are not well endowed, had
much to do ...

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

The Two Prima Donnas

George Augustus Sala. His successors , however , preserved their connection
with their native province until late in the reign of Edward III . , when they finally
settled in England . The last Craintrien , who was buried in the little old church of
St ...

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Author: George Augustus Sala

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ISBN: OXFORD:600057994

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InfoWorld

The technology prima donnas know how to run the entire company better than
everyone in it — if only they had the time! ... In the past, prima- donna behavior in
the technology side of a business has been tolerated as business folks accepted
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Famous Prima Donnas

part scarcely equal to her abilities, although the nightingale song, which came in
the last act, was a charming melody and was so delightfully sung by Miss
Tempest as really to be the feature of the performance. In her peasant's dress
Miss ...

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Author: Lewis Clinton Strang

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752426359

Category: Fiction

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Reproduction of the original: Famous Prima Donnas by Lewis Clinton Strang

A Prima Donna s Progress

Traces the life and career of the Australian soprano, explains how she became an opera singer, and describes some of her most famous roles

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Author: Joan Sutherland

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 0895263084

Category: Music

Page: 486

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Traces the life and career of the Australian soprano, explains how she became an opera singer, and describes some of her most famous roles

Ivan de Biron Or The Russian Court in the Middle of Last Century

Thus , in the course of the last few years , Ivan de Biron , who at first had held but
an inferior post in the Imperial Palace , had attracted the notice , and even the
loving ... THE PRIMA DONNA'S DÉBUT IN S 2 A PRIMA DONNA'S LOVERS .
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Author: Sir Arthur Helps

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ISBN: CHI:087920396

Category: Russia

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Small Press Record of Books in Print

4 , Gage , Cully The Last of the Menu Girls , Chavez , Denise The Last of the
Moccasins , Plymell , Charles The Last Page , Feuster , Bob Last Poems , Wylie ,
Elinor The Last Prima Donnas , Rasponi , Lanfranco Last Quarter , Lalic , Ivan V.

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Author: Len Fulton

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Opera News

When I tell Sills about complaints that Freni doesn ' t give enough or as much as
some of the older prima donnas , she scoffs . ... Sometimes well - handled light
voices last best . Tebaldi had a huge voice , but big voices don ' t always last .

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Shakespeare Opera

Quoted in The Last Prima Donnas , p . 569 . * " unscrupulously to emphasize . . . "
Bernard Shaw : The Great Composers , pp . 225 – 26 . Shaw was by no means
the first to make this point . One review of the premiere of Macbeth in 1847 ...

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Author: Gary Schmidgall

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015018867906

Category: Music

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If opera had existed in Elizabethan London, the world's Top Bard, as W.H. Auden called him, might have become the world's Top Librettist. As Gary Schmidgall shows in this illuminating study, Shakespeare's expressive ways and dramaturgical means are like those of composers and librettists in numerous and often astonishing ways. No wonder that well over two hundred operas have been based on Shakespeare's plays. Ranging widely through the Shakespearean canon and the standard operatic repertory, Schmidgall presents a fascinating comparison, focusing on similarities of expressive style, scenic structure, staging, and performance practice. Shakespeare and Opera offers extended discussions of issues central to both theatrical genres, including their shared demand for virtuoso display, the comparable functions of set speeches and arias, and the similarities of verbal and musical rhetoric, and the charges of unreality and melodrama that have dogged them both. In addition, Schmidgall provides concise essays on the most intriguing Shakespeare-based operas, including works of Verdi, Wagner, Bellini, Rossini, Berlioz, Thomas, Vaughan Williams, Barber, and Britten. He enriches his argument with the insights of the great composers who never set Shakespeare (Mozart, Puccini, and Strauss among them), major observers of the legitimate stage (from Samuel Johnson to Eric Bentley) and the musical stage (from Joseph Addison to Joseph Kerman), as well as the incisive views of influential artists, critics, and performers as diverse as Walt Whitman, H.L. Mencken, and Laurence Olivier. For all who love the stage, Shakespeare and Opera offers endless insight and fascination. Schmidgall's extended comparison of the two dramaturgies provides a fresh perspective on Shakespeare, musical theater, comparative drama, and theater history.

New York

With prima donnas the voice becomes an instrument of vindictiveness , mania ,
destruction - above all , power . ... 50 . and find its registers badly stitched to - very
fat , but she suddenly turned into a The Last Prima Donnas , by Lanfranco gether
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Saturday Afternoons at the Old Met

4 Rasponi , The Last Prima Donnas , p . 560 . 5 Bing to ... In a recent Opera News
interview ( 7 December 1991 ) artistic administrator Max Rudolf asserts that he
and Bing had scheduled Melchior for performances in 1950 - 51 . On 28 January
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Author: Paul Jackson

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: UOM:39015029209759

Category: Music

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Paul Jackson presents a rich and detailed history of the broadcasts at the The Metropolitan Opera in New York from their inception in 1931, when the imperious Gatti-Casazza ruled, on through the trouble regime of the more affable Edward Johnson.

The Illustrated sporting dramatic news

BoosEY & CO . , 295 , Regent - street , W.- " The Prima Donna's Album " is a
collection of forty celebrated soprano cavatinos and arias ( in their original keys )
, extracted from the principal modern operas , with Italian words , and an English
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PRIMA DONNAS

A statistics - minded reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle once figured that she had
made her “ last appearance ” twenty - seven times ; “ positively last appearance ”
nine times ; had “ permanently retired from the stage ” seven times ; “ retired to ...

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Author: ALAN WAGNER

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The Gramophone

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On and off the Record ... £ 10-70 £ 11-28 $ 20-30 Putting the Record Straight £
11.15 £ 11.56 $ 20-81 The Last Prima Donnas £ 17.10 [ 18-55 $ 33-39 The ...

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The Opera Quarterly

Lanfranco Rasponi , The Last Prima Donnas ( New York : Alfred A. Knopf , 1982 )
, P : 507 6. Jean de Reszke , Jr. , was killed at the front on 20 June 1918. Earlier
he had been Quarterly Quiz Texaco Presents M. O W E N L B I DÙ s 8 5 SAYA o.

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ISBN: UCAL:B3012217

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Opera

Lanfranco Rasponi , The Last Prima Donnas , Gollancz , 1984 , P : 367 Vocal
training is often completed at the expense of diction . For opera goers who seek
drama as well as sound , this relegation of diction to an also - ran is infuriating .

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Author: Stephen Brook

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105011398448

Category: Composers

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Opera is perhaps the world's greatest art form. It combines high drama with sublime music, great seriousness of purpose with tremendous scope for triumph or disaster. In this anthology, [the author] has gleaned material from a broad range of sources to enlighten, educate and entertain us on this fascinating subject. -Back cover.

The New Criterion

Wally Toscanini , in a prefatory note to Lanfranco Rasponi ' s book The Last
Prima Donnas , says : “ Today ( the prima donnas ) no longer exist , for they have
become traveling robots . . . their personality squashed by stage direc . tors .

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ISBN: UOM:39015007176467

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Prima Donnas and Other Wild Beasts

A statistics - minded reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle once figured that she had
made her “ last appearance " twenty - seven times ; “ positively last appearance ”
nine times ; had “ permanently retired from the stage ” seven times ; “ retired to ...

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Author: Alan Wagner

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ISBN: UCSD:31822023182371

Category: Music

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