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Fortissimo Backstage at the Opera with Sacred Monsters and Young Singers

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ISBN-10: 1400053609

ISBN-13: 9781400053605

Edition: 2005

Authors: William Murray

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H. L. Mencken declared that " the opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral." It was not meant as a compliment, but to William Murray, former New Yorker staff writer and aspiring opera singer, a bawdy house is an apt metaphor for the opera: a place of confusion, high and low drama, fleshly pleasures and raucous song. In "Fortissimo," Murray follows twelve young singers in the Lyric Opera of Chicago' s training program, the prestigious Opera Center for American Artists, through the 2003- 2004 season. In the course of the year, these singers attend countless coaching sessions, inspiring master classes, nerve-racking auditions and grueling rehearsals-- and finally perform with…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/13/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

For nearly 35 years, William Murray was a staff writer for The New Yorker. He lives in Del Mar, California.

Prelude: The Golden Age of La Puma
The Cell
Chasing Down the Talent
State of the Art
Coming Out a Star
Letting It Fly
The Director Also Rises
The Sources Inside
Getting Through It
A Cornucopia of Characters
Mastering It
Fear and Trembling
Waiting in the Wings
Getting It All
Joining the Program
Everybody Wants to Get into the Act
A Night to Remember
That's Entertainment
The Competition Blues
It's in the Details
The Glory of Their Singing
Postlude: High Notes