Voices, Singers & Critics // Review
Steane, Jb, Opera Canada
If people's half - suppressed coughs disturb you at the opera, count your blessings. In the supposedly good old days it must have been worse: while conducting at Covent Garden, Sir Thomas Beecham was heard shouting at the audience, "Stop talking!" and "Shut up, you!" I read this in J.B. Steane's Voices, Singers & Critics, a new book that I heartily recommend to any opera buff with a genuine interest in legendary singers.
Steane's writing style makes for delicious reading. He knows how to say things in very original, witty and picturesque ways. "We all know a Heldentenor when we see one. He carries a spear and wears a helmet, travels by swan, plays with bears, talks to birds and laughs at dragons. He is very big and very strong and very brave ... if you have a sword stuck in the tree that grows in your living room, he is the man to extract it." But don't let wit deceive you; this is a serious book. It begins with a thorough investigation of all the different voice types -- not …
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Publication information: Article title: Voices, Singers & Critics // Review. Contributors: Steane, Jb - Author. Magazine title: Opera Canada. Volume: 34. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 1993. Page number: 34. © 1997 Opera Canada Publications. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.