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The Autobiography of Joan Sutherland: A Prima Donna's Progress

Sutherland, Joan Dame

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ISBN 10: 0895263742 / ISBN 13: 9780895263742
Published by Regnery Publishing, Inc., U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by Joan Sutherland on a card affixed to title page: "To Sandra, with my best wishes, Jaon Sutherland, April 2002". $29.95 price present on DJ flap. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 028071

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Title: The Autobiography of Joan Sutherland: A ...

Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A book for the true fans of the great Australian prima donna, one of the finest sopranos of all time, and one of the most hard-working and professional singers to appear in recent decades.


Don't look to this book--a genuine autobiography, with no taint of the ghostwriter's art--for dirt and gossip, for hints on how best to interpret such bel canto roles as the heroine of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, or for help with developing a bel canto technique of one's own. The Autobiography of Joan Sutherland is a book for the true fans of the great Australian prima donna, one of the finest sopranos of all time, and one of the most hard-working and professional singers to appear in recent decades. Sutherland primarily chronicles her life as an operatic diva; she skips rather quickly through her childhood, even dealing with the trauma of her father's death on her 6th birthday in a single tight-lipped paragraph. You may find many more details than you need on her travels and performances, but what shines through is the portrait of a dedicated artist who readily acknowledges what she owes to her colleagues, and most particularly to her husband/coach/conductor, Richard Bonynge. Sutherland recreates a now-legendary time in the history of opera, and she does it with humor and a refreshing lack of pretension.

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