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On Stage.Off Stage: A Memoir

Regine Crespin

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ISBN 10: 1555533280 / ISBN 13: 9781555533281
Published by Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Life and work of one of the great French operatic singers. Inscribed and Signed by Crespin in the year of publication. Near Fine, in Near Fine D. J. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 4429

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Title: On Stage.Off Stage: A Memoir

Publisher: Northeastern University Press, Boston

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Yes

Edition: 1st American Edition.

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With candor, affection, and humor, Regine Crespin reflects on her family, friends, and colleagues, her love affairs, and, most of all, the opera. She recalls her beloved Italian grandmother, the pain of growing up with an alcoholic mother, and her adoring but troubled relationship with her father. Crespin describes her rise from a teenager with a pretty little voice to dramatic soprano, and provides delightful anecdotes about her performances at Bayreuth, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and other major opera houses and concert halls throughout the world. She openly discusses an abortion, her battles with breast cancer, intimate details of her love life, and contemplates the art of singing as well as the burdens of stardom. Crespin's exasperation with the lack of recognition from her own country is also revealed. Populated with such figures as Herbert von Karajan, Lotte Lehmann, Jon Vickers, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Maria Callas, this engaging autobiography offers a vivid and fascinating glimpse into the world of opera. It is also the inviting story of a remarkable woman who was a diva on the stage but never a prima donna in real life.

About the Author:

Regine Crespin was born in Marseille and grew up in Nmes. Since 1976 she has taught young singers at opera companies and in master classes throughout Europe and the United States, including the San Francisco Opera Center, where she spends a month every summer. She lives in Paris. G. S. Bourdain has written numerous articles about music and singers. She spent five years in Paris as an editor and translator for Agence France-Presse, and is currently an editor at The New York Times. She lives in New York City.

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