ANKEE DIVA: Lillian Nordica and the Golden Days of Opera by Ira lackens

ANKEE DIVA: Lillian Nordica and the Golden Days of Opera

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twenty years of research and devotion have been well spent on this biography f merica's first and most glamorous international opera star. Lillian Nordica's ise from a frugal New England childhood to Queen of Song on the stages of several continents spans the fabled decades of Opera's Golden Age; she was a peer of Melba, Calve, Eames and the de Reszke brothers, and having been the first Bayreuth Elsa she was among those who drove the Wagner bandwagon. She believed that when she sang abroad the Stars and Stripes were in her keeping -- and so they were in those romantic days. Her private life was romantic, too, but star-crossed, and the outbreak of World War I eclipsed even the news of her tragic and untimely death as a result of shipwreck off a South Sea island. Several worthwhile reference items are appended to this story of Nordica's life and times. An exhaustive Discography is accompanied by an essay on the earliest history of vocal recording, both prepared by a Consultant to the Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound. Hints to Singers, a short book written by Nordica herself in 1901 (published posthumously and long a collector's item), is reprinted in full. No more complete Repertoire List has ever been published for Nordica. Photographs include some never before seen in this country..

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1963
Publisher: Coleridge Press--Taplinger distr. by