A tireless performer, conductor, and ambassador for opera, Placido Domingo is one of today's greatest and most popular tenors. His remarkably diverse and challenging repertoire includes opera, operattas, musicals, Spanish and Mexican folk songs, and popular tunes. This intriuguing biography focuses on Domingo's accomplishments over the past ten years, offering a fascinating portrait of the artist against the backdrop of the contemporary music scene. Drawing on interviews with Domingo, his wife, Marta, colleagues, and music critics, author Cornelius Schnauber richly depicts both the private and the public man. He critically examines the many facets of Domingo's career, exploring the tenor's extraordinary work as a stage, film, and video performer, a recording artist, and a conductor. Schnauber provides a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Domingo's vocal technique in different settings and genres. In addition, he discusses Domingo's powerful acting talent, which draws on the Stanislavsky method, and his ability to give a unique interpretation to each role he performs.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
A peculiar mix of biography and analysis, focusing more on the noted tenor's vocal abilities as evinced in performance and recordings than on his life or personality. Schnauber is the German diction coach for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, which may explain the disproportionate amount of space devoted to the German repertoire, hardly the singer's specialty. The author's involvement with the Music Center, for which Domingo has served as an artistic consultant since 1984, may also account for the emphasis on his work during the last decade. Though the late 1980s and '90s brought Domingo unparalleled commercial success and witnessed a number of superb performances, they also, as Schnauber notes, saw a slightly routine quality creep into some of Domingo's work, perhaps as a result of an increasingly crowded schedule. Despite his skewed perspective, the author makes some interesting points about the dark timbre of Domingo's voice, limited in range but warmly expressive thanks to finely honed technical skills. But this is discussed by Schnauber at a level of detail (``supraglottal cavities,'' etc.) that will make most readers' eyes glaze over. The author obviously admires Domingo's artistry, and he paints an appealing portrait of the 56-year-old Spanish-born tenor as a nice guy, but his nitpicking comparisons of various performances in the same role will interest only the truly obsessive. It would be unfair to blame translator Ray for the grindingly pedantic prose style, presumably a faithful equivalent of the German, but there's no excuse for such peculiar usages as ``interpretorial'' or ``inobtrusive.'' The brief biographical sections add little to what the tenor himself wrote in his autobiography (My First Forty Years, 1983); chapters on Domingo's work in video, folk music, and pop are similarly perfunctory. Definitely not for the casual fan, though serious opera lovers may be able to pluck some worthwhile insights from this plodding study. (illustrations, not seen) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1997. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Translated by Susan H. Ray. 268pp, 10 plates, discography. This biography focuses on Domingo's accomplishments from the mid-1980s to mid-90s. The author examines Domingo's career on stage, in film, and as a recording artist. Hardcover; Black Cloth, Silver Titles. Bookseller Inventory # 11645
Book Description Northeastern University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1555533159
Book Description Northeastern University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111555533159
Book Description Northeastern University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1555533159 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1580167