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Jon Vickers : a hero's life

Author: Jeannie Williams
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this first biography of Vickers, Jeannie Williams provides a captivating and revealing portrait of a very private, deeply religious man and complex artist who baffled and often enraged his friends and colleagues."--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Williams, Jeannie, 1942-
Jon Vickers.
Boston : Northeastern University Press, c1999
(OCoLC)652329062
Named Person: Jon Vickers; Jon Vickers; Jon Vickers
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeannie Williams
ISBN: 1555534082 9781555534080
OCLC Number: 41565272
Description: xvi, 391 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Birgit Nilsson --
The Early Years: 1926-1956 --
Prince Albert --
Footloose --
Beginnings at the Conservatory --
A Tenor in Toronto --
The Career Begins: 1957-1959 --
Covent Garden and Battling the BBC --
A Don Carlos Triumph and Bayreuth Debut --
New Roles, New Houses --
Ascendancy: The 1960s --
The Met --
The Solti Debacle --
Lonely Hotels --
Peter Grimes --
A Prophet in His Own Country --
Gaining the Heights: The 1970s --
A Unique Tenor Repertoire and a Tristan Debut --
A Moor Does Battle, Enee and Tristan at the Met --
A Man and His Music --
The Tannhauser Scandal --
From Moose Jaw to Monteverdi --
Winding Down: The 1980s --
A Winter's Journey --
Final Grimes, Otello in South Africa --
The Trials of Samson --
Parsifal and Farewell to the Met --
Canadian Coda and a Worldview.
Responsibility: Jeannie Williams ; foreword by Birgit Nilsson.

Abstract:

"In this first biography of Vickers, Jeannie Williams provides a captivating and revealing portrait of a very private, deeply religious man and complex artist who baffled and often enraged his friends and colleagues."--BOOK JACKET.

"Drawing on scores of interviews with those who knew and worked with Vickers, Williams traces his life from boyhood in western Canada to schooling in Toronto, his debut at Covent Garden, his tenure at the Royal Opera House, and his celebrated appearances on the world's major opera stages. She discusses his signature roles, including details of a little-known Otello in South Africa, over-the-edge performances, and stormy battles with conductors and directors. In addition, she details Vickers's controversial withdrawal from Tannhauser, his ongoing friction with BBC-TV, his conflicted relationship with his native Canada, and his choices in repertory.

Williams also illuminates the paradoxes in the worldview of a man who might have been a preacher or a prime minister if he had not been blessed with such a remarkable musical talent."--BOOK JACKET.

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