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Selected as one of the Best Music Books of 2010 by The Independent, here is a wonderful collection of 20 wide-ranging interviews with the preeminent opera singers, conductors, and directors working on and behind the stage today. Joshua Jampol invites opera-lovers to listen in as performers speak in frank terms about their strengths and weaknesses, conductors discuss the state of contemporary opera, and directors talk through the complexities involved in staging a successful production. Jampol has unprecedented access and the table of contents reads like a "who's who" of the global opera world, featuring Fleming, Domingo, Ramey, Villazon, Dessay, Conlon, Salonen, Nagano, Boulez, Carsen, Chéreau, and more. Each interview highlights a distinctive voice speaking about his or her career path, first break, colleagues, major influences, audiences, critics, and all the diverse professions making up the emotional and extravagant world of the lyric arts. Jampol brings immense knowledge and a wonderful flair to these conversations, allowing his subjects to follow their thoughts wherever they lead, and revealing in the process a more intimate, reflective side of this constellation of operatic stars.

About the Author

Joshua Jampol is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the "Ear for Opera" series in the International Herald Tribune. He also writes for CNBC Business Magazine and has written for Time and The Guardian (London). He lives in Paris.

Table of Contents



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
Music | Opera
Music -- History and criticism.
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6.1 x 9.2 x 1.1 in 1.05 lb

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