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Living Opera is a fascinating collection of 20 wide-ranging interviews with the preeminent opera professionals working on and behind the stage today.

Joshua Jampol invites opera-lovers to listen in as performers such as Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazon and Placido Domingo speak in exceptionally frank terms about their strengths and weaknesses, and address such hard-hitting, enduring topics as how they deal with critics, vocal troubles, and balancing their career and family lives. We hear conductors such as James Conlon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Kent Nagano discuss their likes and dislikes about the state of contemporary opera, their own inspirations, and whom they themselves hope to inspire. World-class directors such as Robert Carsen and Patrice Chéreau discuss the complexities involved in staging a successful opera, and how opera can remain relevant today. Jampol has unprecedented access to these major singers, conductors, and directors, and the table of contents reads like a "who's who" of the global opera world. Each interview highlights a distinctive voice, and Jampol brings immense knowledge and a wonderful flair to these conversations. He allows his subjects to follow their thoughts wherever they lead, and reveals in the process a more intimate, reflective side of the emotional and extravagant world of the lyric arts.

For anyone wanting to know more about the people behind the performances--what they think, how they feel, and who they really are--Living Opera is full of delights and surprises.

About the Author

Joshua Jampol is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the "Ear for Opera" series in the International Herald Tribune. Jampol has also routinely written for publications such as Time Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter in the US, and The Guardian and The Times (London) in the UK. He lives in Paris, France.

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Pierre Boulez, or "The Incorruptible"

Robert Carsen, or building the bridge between head and heart

Patrice Chéreau, or truth, opera and the director: in Wagner's footsteps

William Christie, or going for baroque

James Conlon, or surrendering your soul

Natalie Dessay, or healing the sick voice

Joyce DiDonato, or the wider connection

Plácido Domingo, or Olympics for the voice

Renée Fleming, or balancing on the high wire

Ferruccio Furlanetto, or functioning as a filter

Kasper Bech Holten, or the emotional fitness center

Simon Keenlyside, or a workingman talks about traffic control

Waltraud Meier, or the sweatshirt must fit

Heidi Grant Murphy, or sopranoed - with children

Kent Nagano, or remaining relevant

Seiji Ozawa, or the art of managing the orchestra

Samuel Ramey, or the lion at twilight

Esa-Pekka Salonen, or new opera and festival opera

Jose Van Dam, or humility, the elite and the caddies

Rolando Villazón, or the paradox of the performer


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Jampol, Joshua
Oxford University Press, USA
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Composers & Musicians - Classical Vocalists
Genres & Styles - Opera
History & Criticism - General
Music | Opera
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