Audiobooks Can't Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell Nach Eileen Farrell –

This book is tremedously fun to read I am a fan of the pop singer Eileen Farrell but I m not an opera fan so I was thrilled to discover it reads like a romp through the history of entertainment in America than a libretto I m not sure how Brian Kellow did it, but the writing makes me feel as if Eileen Farrel was calling me up to dish about anything and everything Her sense of humor and delicious candor are a treat Eileen Farrell is blessed with two voices A classically trained dramatic soprano who also loves to belt pop songs and torch the blues, she successfully conquered the worlds of opera and popular music over the course of her whirlwind career Now, Farrell shares reminiscences about her remarkable professional and personal life With candor, humor, and affection, she recalls her New England childhood, her overnight success at age twenty as star of her own CBS radio show, her big break dubbing vocals for Eleanor Parker in the MGM movie Interrupted Melody, and her many guest appearances on television shows Farrell discusses her rise to fame as an opera star, from her highly acclaimed performance in Medea in , to her historic debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Alceste inShe also fondly recollects her marriage of forty years to New York police officer Robert Reagan and her life outside the limelight, including her frustrating tenure as a faculty member at Indiana University Farrell speaks frankly about her tumultuous years at the Met, where her head to head confrontations with Sir Rudolph Bing brought her promising operatic career to an abrupt close after five seasons While she loved singing the music of Verdi, Mascagni, and Giordano, Farrell reveals that she never reconciled herself to the life of a diva, preferring the friendliness of show business to the aloofness of the opera world Populated with such figures as Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, Maria Callas, Ethel Merman, Mabel Mercer, and Carol Burnett, this engaging memoir takes the reader from backstage at the Met to behind the scenes of the Ed Sullivan Show, providing a fascinating view of opera and the entertainment industry Eileen Farrell s legion of fans will delight in her inviting story of a career that was like no other singer s En excellente condition, colis arriv rapidement Et puis c est un bouquin que je voulais tant avoir, the magnificent Eileen Farrell Thank you, Eileen Farrell, for a wonderful career and for your candor in telling your very personal and inspiring story I couldn t put the book down As a professional singer myself, I found your experiences from your innocence at the first audition to your regular radio show moving and encouraging Your book is as honest and refreshing as your performances and a must read for even those with no interest in opera. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK AND A WONDERFUL FIND FOR ANY LOVER OF EILEEN FARRELL I RECOMMEND IT HEARTILY THE SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL THIS IS THE SECOND COPY I HAVE ORDERED, AND I AM VERY PLEASED.DINA WINTER Short and sweetFrom scat in the classroom to Opera at the Met.If you think Opera is boring I dare you to read Eileen Farrell s own words She loved music All music You will be surprised at what she taught.Delightful, easy to read Eileen becomes alive You will see the woman behind the stage By the time you close the book you will agre with Mr Bernstein that the human voice is the most exciting musical instrument there is See for yourself.jal Actually it s an autobiog with the skilled assistance of Brian Kellow A must for every opera fan Even if the reader only knows Mme Farrellby her recorded legacy legendary singer great reading