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American aria : from farm boy to opera star

Author: Sherrill Milnes; Dennis McGovern
Publisher: New York : Schirmer Books, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What's it Like to grow up on a small farm in Illinois only to find yourself, some twenty years later, performing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House? And then to travel the world, singing in historic theaters from La Scala in Milan to Vienna, Paris, London, and beyond? What does it take to be hailed as one of the great operatic baritones of all times, heir to a tradition of Verdi baritones that stretches
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Milnes, Sherrill.
American aria.
New York : Schirmer Books, c1998
(OCoLC)639578208
Named Person: Sherrill Milnes; Sherrill Milnes; Sherrill Milnes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sherrill Milnes; Dennis McGovern
ISBN: 0028647394 9780028647395
OCLC Number: 38519728
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 288 p. : port. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Roots on the Farm --
Growing Up in Downers Grove --
On the Road: From Chicago to Santa Fe, to Tanglewood and Goldovsky --
Regional Companies: An Appreciation --
Met Audition and Mr. Bing --
A Life Ends--A New Life Begins --
Opera Can Be Dangerous --
The Audience--Pleased and Displeased --
The Recital and the Accompanist --
Fame --
Performance --
The Glamour of Travel --
Decade of Panic --
Life After the Met --
I've Just Met a Girl Named Maria.
Responsibility: Sherrill Milnes ; with contributions by Dennis McGovern.

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What's it Like to grow up on a small farm in Illinois only to find yourself, some twenty years later, performing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House? And then to travel the world, singing in historic theaters from La Scala in Milan to Vienna, Paris, London, and beyond? What does it take to be hailed as one of the great operatic baritones of all times, heir to a tradition of Verdi baritones that stretches back for generations? And how does it feel to face losing your voice and your livelihood and the sometimes mean-spirited nature of the operatic world?

Sherrill Milnes's story is a true American saga. This book tells the entire story in warm, engaging prose. For anyone interested in the mystique of opera - and what really goes on behind and in front of the scenes - it makes fascinating reading. In American Aria Sherrill Milnes opens his artistic and personal life with great candor and considerable heart, revealing himself to everyone.

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