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Sarah Caldwell: The First Woman of Opera (Paperback)
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Sarah Caldwell: The First Woman of Opera (Paperback)

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Paperback 334 Pages / Published: 31/07/2008
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Sarah Caldwell: The First Woman of Opera is the first biography of this significant musician, conductor, and director and documents Ms. Caldwell's genius as an indomitable force for opera in America. Caldwell mounted many U.S. premieres and brought rare editions of standard works to her audiences. At the height of her career, she raised her baton over four of the top five orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and conducted orchestras in such cities as Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Antonio, Atlanta, Mexico City, and Puerto Rico. She conducted ensembles in Canada, Sweden, South Africa, and Russia; was a musical director for Wolf Trap; and was the first woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera. She founded the renowned Opera Company of Boston, as well as the outreach effort Opera New England and a nation-wide touring enterprise, the American National Opera Company. Caldwell's undeniable zeal was evident in whatever she undertook, and her accomplishments invite reflection, showing what an opera company could and should be in America. Daniel Kessler presents Ms. Caldwell's life in flashbacks and explores her 1978 landmark production of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale, which serves as a prime example of how she engaged with her creative Muse. He describes her personal and professional life, including her experience with the impresario Boris Goldovsky, her ability to create her own brand of "stage wizardry," and her moments of overreaching and hubris, such as her unorthodox fundraising methods and her experience with Imelda Marcos. Complete with several illustrations, a bibliography, an index, and the comprehensive annals of her three opera companies, Sarah Caldwell demonstrates what one person of genius, imagination, and passion can accomplish single-handedly.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810861107
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 228 x 154 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The book is enthralling and provides insights into a person about whom little is available; recommended for all collections. -- Barry Zaslow * Library Journal, 6/1/2008 *
Sarah Caldwell was a unique force in the world of opera - inspired, inspiring, bold, idealistic, unconventional and almost indomitable. Daniel Kessler's fascinating exploration of her life and work is sensitive, cool-headed, delicately balanced, elegantly written and splendidly researched. -- Martin Bernheimer, Pulitzer Prize winning critic and New York correspondent for the Financial Times and Opera Magazine., New York correspondent for the Financial Times, editorial board member of Opera Magazine, and Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic of the Los Angeles Times
Kessler provides eyewitness testimony for each scene's mise-en-scene, backed up by production stills and the sole studio recording Caldwell made (for EMI). Kessler's dilligent research probably cannot be bettered. * Opera, (British Magazine) *
There are many telling anecdotes in Kessler's fast-paced, honest, and very thorough chronicle of Sarah Caldwell's career. * Fanfare Magazine *
This new opus by Daniel Kessler, highlighting the ever-enigmatic Sarah Caldwell, starts off much more promising than Caldwell's self-penned memoirs....This book is more detailed, more deeply researched and promises to give a less subjective account of the elusive icon. * Opera News, March 2009 *
important and valuable historical survey. * The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 28, 2008 *

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