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The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singerby Renee Fleming
Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;The best parts of Ms. Normanandrsquo;s book are her lyrical evocations of her early life in Augusta, Georgia. She builds a rich portrait of a childhood firmly grounded by family, church and community.andrdquo; andmdash; Wall Street Journal
andldquo;[It] is this memoirandrsquo;s life-affirming richness that most readers will take away andndash; its hard-won wisdom and magnanimity.andrdquo; andmdash; Augusta Chronicle
In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. She hails the importance of her parents in her early learning and experiences in the arts. And she describes coming face-to-face with racism, not just as a child living in the segregated South, but also as an adult out and about in the world.
She speaks of the many who have inspired her and taught her essential life lessons. A special interlude on her key relationship with the pioneering African American singer Marian Anderson reveals the lifelong support that this great predecessor provided through her example of dignity and grace at all times.
One of America's most admired and decorated singers tells her inspiring life story, from theand#160;segregated south to the world's greatest stages.and#160;
The fascinating personal story of one of the most celebrated talents in todays music scene
The star of the Metropolitan Opera's recent revival of Dvorak's Rusalka, soprano Renée Fleming brings a consummately beautiful voice, striking interpretive talents, and compelling artistry to bear on performances that have captivated audiences in opera houses and recital halls throughout the world. In The Inner Voice—a book that is the story of her own artistic development and the autobiography” of her voice—this great performer presents a unique and privileged look at the making of a singer and offers hard-won, practical advice to aspiring performance artists everywhere. From her youth as the child of two singing teachers through her years at Juilliard, from her struggles to establish her career to her international success, The Inner Voice is a luminous, articulate, and candid self-portrait of a contemporary artist—and the most revelatory examination yet of the performing life.
From struggling to get a career under way to dealing with her own personal doubts, Fleming is wonderfully candid and articulate about her art, childhood influences, formal education, mentors, preparation, and mental and physical discipline.
About the Author
Renée Flemin‛s vocal artistry is acclaimed worldwide as“the gold standard of soprano sound” An international artist for more than a decade, she has won two Grammys and has been nominated eight times for the award.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Family
Chapter Two: Education
Chapter Three: Apprenticeship
Chapter Four: Mentors
Chapter Five: Success
Chapter Six: Challenge
Chapter Seven: Business
Chapter Eight: Longevity
Chapter Nine: Image
Chapter Ten: Performance
Chapter Eleven: Roles
Chapter Twelve: Backstage
Chapter Thirteen: Coda
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