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Living Opera [Format Kindle]

Joshua Jampol

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He's a skilful interviewer who deftly captures the personalities of his subjects. (Classic FM Magazine)

Valuable and vital for the insights it offers into both the process and production of opera ... Living Opera leaves a vivid impression that the form is fired by passion, dedication, imagination, and, often, personal sacrifice. (Michael Quinn, Classical Music)

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Living Opera is a fascinating collection of 20 wide-ranging interviews with the preeminent opera professionals working on and behind the stage today.
Joshua Jampol invites opera-lovers to listen in as performers such as Renee Fleming, Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazon and Placido Domingo speak in exceptionally frank terms about their strengths and weaknesses, and address such hard-hitting, enduring topics as how they deal with critics, vocal troubles, and balancing their career and family lives. We hear conductors such as James Conlon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Kent Nagano discuss their likes and dislikes about the state of contemporary opera, their own inspirations, and whom they themselves hope to inspire. World-class directors such as Robert Carsen and Patrice Chereau discuss the complexities involved in staging a successful opera, and how opera can remain relevant today. Jampol has unprecedented access to these major singers, conductors, and directors, and the table of contents reads like a "who's who" of the global opera world. Each interview highlights a distinctive voice, and Jampol brings immense knowledge and a wonderful flair to these conversations. He allows his subjects to follow their thoughts wherever they lead, and reveals in the process a more intimate, reflective side of the emotional and extravagant world of the lyric arts.
For anyone wanting to know more about the people behind the performances--what they think, how they feel, and who they really are--Living Opera is full of delights and surprises.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Remarkably gripping 20 mai 2010
Par S. Pompa - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Gripping" probably isn't the sort of term one uses for a book about interviews of various opera personalities. Nevertheless, there are moments when you really cannot put it down, especially if you're a trained musician and really know what each person is talking about.

Not only does Jampol interview opera singers, asking penetrating questions about everything from daily life to vocal technique, but he interviews conductors, managers and directors as well. It's truly about opera as a whole, not only the vocal aspect of it, though naturally that dominates the book's content. Therefore, one gets a very good look at a wide variety of aspects in opera, and often one gets to read firsthand the difficulties each person has or has had. And since it's "living" opera, each person interviewed is currently engrossed in that world professionally.

The vocalists Jampol interviews often give tantalizingly brief insights to vocal technique that other singers will enjoy. For example, Renee Flemming gives a wonderful account of how she uses imagery to blend different registers. I personally enjoyed reading about how conductors prepare themselves in tackling opera. Insightful, too, were the remarks from directors and managers.

Even if opera isn't necessarily your thing, I cannot see how any trained musician cannot read this book and at least walk away with a few useful bits here and there. For the lover of opera, this book serves as a sort of behind the scenes look at this complex world of opera. Indeed, for anyone who reads this book, they'll probably come away with a much greater appreciation of this art form.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Living Opera 16 novembre 2012
Par Marilyn J Meeker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For anyone interested in what makes artists involved in opera "tick," this book is ideal. We get not only the singer's perspective, but those of conductors and directors. And for the singers, despite the diverse backgrounds of the artists included, it's fascinating to see the common issues across the discipline. The interviewer does a skillful job in his descriptions and narratives to capture the personalities of the artists before the actual interviews begin. A most entertaining and thought-provoking book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great look at behind the scenes... 25 mars 2014
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Okay, I'm an opera "newbie". Living in Santa Fe, it's a bit hard to avoid opera-fever but for five years I managed to do so. But last year I "succumbed" to both "The Met in HD" and live opera at that beautiful outdoor setting up on the hill, just north of Santa Fe. Since discovering opera, I've also been reading about it. One of the best books I've read is "Living Opera", by Joshua Jampol.

Published in 2010, the book is a series of 20 interviews with different opera "people". From singers Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming, to directors and conductors Patrice Chereau and Seiji Ozawa - to name a few - Jampol takes the reader behind the scenes of the opera and into the hearts and minds of those who have made modern opera what it is. Jampol asks intelligent questions that might seem easy at first for the subjects to answer, but he asks them in such a way to elicit responses that resonate with the reader.

Jampol covers everything from how operas are staged to orchestra arrangements to how the singers both prepare for their performances and recover from them. Some of the singers have children and they explain how they fit parenting into a life essentially lived on the run. These are relatively short interviews but by asking the right questions, Jampol has written a lively book based on the answers.

You don't have to be an opera-novice to enjoy this book. I can recommend it to anyone looking for some behind-the-scenes look at the wonder and majesty of opera.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Living Opera - Joshua Jampol 28 mai 2013
Par Kris Zink - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating book of interviews of currently famous opera singers, producers and conductors. I've enjoyed it immensely! I highly recommend it.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 25 août 2014
Par Jose Carlos C. Freire - Publié sur Amazon.com
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