Divo: Great Tenors, Baritones and Basses Discuss Their Roles

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Twenty-five singing actors11 tenors, five baritones, three bass-baritones and six bassesthoughtfully appraise their craft: diverse interpretations of roles and individual roles they have marked as their own, vocal demands, techniques and, as baritone Sherrill Milnes notes, "the unpredictability of the instrument we have to work with." These divos, when not discussing voice technicalities that nonprofessionals will likely find tedious, make interesting observations about distinctions between French and Italian stylestenor Alfredo Kraus's timbre, for instance, is best suited to the French, whereas tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras have the sensual voices for the Italianbetween the requirements of the belcantistic repertoirethey agree that young singers should concentrate here, that a role like Germont is ideal for the beginnerand the veristic, which demands maturity of voice and experience. That attitudes prove to be as varied as the divos themselves makes this lively, instructive reading, although, unfortunately, the editing is so indifferent as to allow the very much alive Rudolf Bing to be described as "the late" and to let stand "general consensus" in at least six instances. Matheopoulos is the author of Maestro. Photos not seen by PW. (November
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The author of Maestro: Encounters with Conductors of Today ( LJ 2/1/83) is as adept at interviewing opera singers as she is at interviewing conductors. Here she presents 25 in-depth interviews she conducted with leading international male singers (her interviews with women singers will appear in a forthcoming book). Matheopoulos is an admirable interviewer, able to penetrate her subjects and bring forth a wealth of relevant detail. She is also a marvelous journalist with a graceful and elegant style. One feels, however, that she identifies so much with her subjects that she becomes uncritical, and consequently her prose begins to read like public relations copy. With that one reservation, however, her book is highly recommended, especially for public libraries. William Shank, CUNY Graduate Sch. Lib.
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