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My golden age of singing

Author: Frieda Hempel; William R Moran; Elizabeth Johnston
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, ©1998.
Series: Opera biography series, no. 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Frieda Hempel (1885-1955) was among the brightest stars of opera's Golden Age, one of the first singers whose entire career could be documented by recordings. These captured a coloratura voice of great lyric beauty which Hempel used with remarkable intelligence in opera and on the concert stage. She created the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in both Berlin and at the Met, where she debuted with Caruso in 1912, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hempel, Frieda, 1885-1955.
My golden age of singing.
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)639393159
Named Person: Frieda Hempel; Frieda Hempel; Frieda Hempel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frieda Hempel; William R Moran; Elizabeth Johnston
ISBN: 1574670360 9781574670363
OCLC Number: 37451912
Description: 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: My youth --
Student years in Berlin --
My first year in Schwerin --
Bayreuth --
Busy year of singing --
Royal opera in Berlin --
Emperor's skylark --
King Leopold of Belgium --
Great epoch in Berlin --
Richard Strauss --
America --
Rosenkavalier --
Giulio Gatti-Casazza and the years 1914-16 Summer during the war --
New York in war time --
Question of loyalty --
With the Chicago Opera Association --
Jenny Lind story --
Remembering the twenties --
Great Britain --
Washington, D.C. --
Luisa Tetrazzini --
Jekyll and Hyde --
Then and now: reflections on the golden age --
On Mozart and coloratura singing --
To the young singer --
Other years, other endeaveors --
My date with Brownie --
Singing is my life --
Epilogue : Final years / Elizabeth Johnson --
Postscript : Informal and selected chronolgy: Frieda Hempel's career as reported in the press ; Hempel and the lawyers: the Heckscher affair and ht IRS ; George T. Keating, friend and benefactor / William R. Moran --
Frieda Hempel's operatic repertoire --
Recorded legacy of Fridea Hempel / William R. Moran.
Series Title: Opera biography series, no. 10.
Responsibility: by Frieda Hempel ; annotated by William R. Moran ; with a prologue and epilogue by Elizabeth Johnston.

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Frieda Hempel (1885-1955) was among the brightest stars of opera's Golden Age, one of the first singers whose entire career could be documented by recordings. These captured a coloratura voice of great lyric beauty which Hempel used with remarkable intelligence in opera and on the concert stage. She created the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in both Berlin and at the Met, where she debuted with Caruso in 1912, and her performances of Mozart and Verdi remain touchstones. Almost fifty years have elapsed between writing and publication of her autobiography. Elizabeth Johnston, Hempel's student, secretary, and companion, recalls that Hempel dictated a somewhat different account to her, which was published in German in 1955 as Mein Leben dem Gesang. But Johnston wisely arranged safekeeping for her mentor's original manuscript, an earlier version in which Hempel tells the definitive story of her life as she wished it to be known. That work appears here for the first time.

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