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Covering oversingers from the birth of opera to the present day, this marvelous volume will be an essential resource for all serious opera lovers and an indispensable companion to the enormously successful Grove Book of OperasThe most comprehensive guide to opera singers ever produced, this volume offers an alphabetically arranged collection of authoritative biographies that range from Marion Anderson the first African American to perform at the Met to Benedict Zak the classical tenor and close friend and colleague of Mozart Readers will find fascinating articles on such opera stars as Maria Callas and Enrico Caruso, Ezio Pinza and Fyodor Chaliapin, Lotte Lehmann and Jenny Lind, Lily Pons and Luciano Pavarotti The profiles offer basic information such as birth date, vocal style, first debut, most memorable roles, and much But these articles often go well beyond basic biographical information to offer colorful portraits of the singer s personality and vocal style, plus astute evaluations of their place in operatic history and many other intriguing observations Many entries also include suggestions for further reading, so that anyone interested in a particular performer can explore their life and career in depth In addition, there are indexes of singers by voice type and by opera role premiers The articles are mostly drawn from the acclaimed Grove Music Online and have been fully revised, and the book is further supplemented by thanspecially commissioned articles on contemporary singersA superb new guide from the first name in opera reference, The Grove Book of Opera Singers is a lively and authoritative work, beautifully illustrated with color and black and white pictures It is an essential volume and the perfect gift for opera lovers everywhere

2 thoughts on “The Grove Book of Opera Singers

  1. Steve S Steve S says:

    Very good , most useful for any opera lover

  2. Mr PG Mr PG says:

    This book is good as far as it goes but the omissions are very significant and I have spotted one error of fact so far Overall it is a useful addition to my music library but a comprehensive work is called for About 50% of the singers who I look up do not have an entry.