The New Generation ; the Sopranos and Mezzos of the Decade Discuss Their RolesBook - 1998
Since Helena Matheopoulos's widely acclaimed Diva: Great Sopranos and Mezzos Discuss Their Art was published in 1992, a new generation of leading female opera singers has emerged. In these interviews with over thirty of today's reigning performers, Matheopoulos draws out the musical and personal concerns of such distinguished artists as Angela Gheorghiu, Cecilia Bartoli, Renee Fleming, Ruth Ann Swenson, Carol Vaness, Nancy Gustafson, Maria Guleghina, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina, and Waltraud Meier. The divas analyze their roles, both vocally and dramatically, discuss choices in repertoire, and reflect on their lives and careers. Matheopoulos interweaves her narrative with insightful and critical commentary, and peppers her profiles with remarks from conductors, directors, voice teachers, coaches, and, on occasion, famous colleagues from the past. She also highlights changes in the opera scene, including the appearance in recent years of many talented Russian singers and the prominence of American-born divas during the last decade. This inviting work richly illustrates the many facets of the art of singing and offers a vivid and fascinating glimpse into the world of opera at the end of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Northeastern Univ. Press : 1998
Branch Call Number: 782.1 M42dn
Characteristics: 372p illus