"Inside Early Music: Conversations with Performers"
by Bernard D. Sherman
"Callas at Juilliard: The Master Classes"
by Maria Callas and John Ardoin
"The Urbanization of Opera: Music Theater in Paris in the
by Anselm Gerhard; translated by Mary Whittall
Yet another book about Maria Callas? This latest biography, by Stelios Galatopoulos, is well worth the read. A close personal friend, he has had access to crucial, previously unreleased material.
This much-anticipated translation of the memoirs of Richard Wagner's great-grandson, Gottfried Wagner, at times gives the uncanny impression of tracing the plot of a Thomas Mann story. After years of alienation and shame exacerbated by the dark anti-Semitic legacy of Bayreuth, Gottfried permanently severed his ties with the family and managed to find a new life of contentment in Italy.
Volume ONE REVIEW
Volume TWO REVIEW
Volume THREE REVIEW
These volumes make ideal reference works for the musical achievements of Verdi. Julian Budden's in-depth investigations of the context and content of each of the composer's operas provide a cornucopia of information and belong on the bookshelf of every opera lover.