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Opera Lives

Opera Lives
  • Author: Linda Kitchen
  • Publisher: Spiramus Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781910151563
  • Page: 272
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LOUISE WINTER I think my expectations and visions for my career have changed because of my life choices. ... I have now written a 'play with opera' set at the end of World War II entitled I Lived for Art, which had workshops and is due ...

What makes an opera singer? And where in the making of a performance is the identity of the singer themselves? Linda Kitchen goes behind the scenes with prominent voices who have valuable insight about the world of opera, discussing what it means to be a performer, how they got into the profession and how who they are affects how they perform. Illustrated with photos of the artists in places that lend meaning to their lives by renowned photographer Nobby Clark. Contents Biographies - La favorite, Donizetti Prologue - Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs, Nyman Act One ‘Shoving us from the jetty’ Scene One - Family background The Captain’s Daughter, Cui Scene Two - School days The Wandering Scholar, Holst Scene Three - Defining moment Sonntag aus Licht, Stockhausen Scene Four - Singing study Les arts florissants, Charpentier Scene Five - Preparing Bang!, Rutter Act Two ‘Carry on – it’s going very well’ Scene One - The unfolding The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky Scene Two - Learning the score La Conquista, Ferrero Scene Three - Warming up La Sonnambula, Bellini Scene Four - The feeling of singing La Rondine, Puccini Act Three ‘No good playing Mime as if you’re Brad Pitt’ Scene One - Character, text, drama The Jewels of the Madonna, Wolf-Ferrari Scene Two - Body work The Nose, Shostakovich Scene Three - The essence The Lighthouse, Maxwell Davies Scene Four - Problems Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein Scene Five - Humour Comedy on the Bridge, Martinů Intermission - by Thomas Allen Paradise Lost, Penderecki Act Four ‘Goodies and Baddies’ Scene One - People around you The Dangerous Liaisons, Susa Scene Two - Composers From Morning to Midnight, Sawer Scene Three - Conductors Der Corregidor, Wolf Scene Four - Directors Der Schauspieldirektor, Mozart Scene Five - Designers Powder her Face, Adès Scene Six - Agents Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Bizet Scene Seven - Reviewing reviewers War and Peace, Prokofiev Act Five ‘Bowls of sushi on a conveyor belt’ Scene One - Changing paths The New Moon, Romberg Scene Two - Legacy Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi Scene Three - Family The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Nyman Scene Four - Life beyond the job Il rè pastore, Mozart Scene Five - The future The Medium, Menotti Scene Six - Advice Le donne curiose, Wolf-Ferrari Epilogue - Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck


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