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Fortissimo Backstage at the Opera with Sacred Monsters and Young Singers

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ISBN-10: 1400053617

ISBN-13: 9781400053612

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: $13.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.484

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