Lily Pons: A Centennial Portrait by James A. Drake, Kristin Beall Ludecke

By James A. Drake, Kristin Beall Ludecke

The preferred opera famous person Lily Pons (1898-1976) was once the reigning coloratura on the Metropolitan Opera from 1931 to 1959, and her profession incorporated numerous Hollywood movies. She was once as appealing and fascinating as she used to be gifted - a mixture that made her a real megastar. This assortment brings jointly the impressions of associates, critics and students approximately this much-beloved diva, with greater than a hundred infrequent pictures from Lily Pons' personal records, mostly owned through Ludecke and her relatives. HARDCOVER.

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Lily Pons: A Centennial Portrait

The preferred opera superstar Lily Pons (1898-1976) was once the reigning coloratura on the Metropolitan Opera from 1931 to 1959, and her occupation integrated numerous Hollywood movies. She was once as appealing and captivating as she used to be proficient - a mix that made her a real big name. This assortment brings jointly the impressions of work-mates, critics and students approximately this much-beloved diva, with greater than a hundred infrequent images from Lily Pons' personal records, mostly owned by means of Ludecke and her family members.

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The unexpected reference to a theatrical affiliation between Pons and the San Carlo is a surprise indeed, and it would occasionally find its way into other early notices that Lily received. " The voice of the tenor who sang the role of Gérald, identified in the review as "Mr. Villabella of the Opéra-Comique," was judged "full of vigor and youthful freshness of rare beauty," while "the voice of Miss Lili Pons is not particularly strong, but it has sublime charm and a most accomplished technique so that her singing made a profound impression.

A.  Drake and Kristin Beall Ludecke.  ****) and index.  Drake, James A.  Series. 1'092dc21 [B] 98-30582 CIP MN Page 5 CONTENTS Foreword by Beverly Sills 9 Preface 11 Introduction by James A. Drake and Kristin Beall Ludecke 13 Part One: Beginnings 1. My Early Life by Lily Pons 19 2. Lily Pons in France by Andrew Farkas 25 3. Coloraturas at the Metropolitan by Giacomo Lauri-Volpi 38 4. The Arrival of Lily Pons by Nina Morgana Zirato 46 Part Two: Stardom 5. Lily Pons Cheered at Metropolitan Debut Musical Courier 57 6.

Perhaps for that reason, she exhibited little interest in revisiting the reviews of her early performances in France once she became the darling of American audiences. Instead, she tucked away her early press notices in the small leatherbound scrapbooks in which her mother had collected them. Fortunately, the scrapbooks have been preserved and are now accessible, thanks to the collectors who own them. 1 The first memento Maman Pons appears to have saved from the start of her daughter's career is an undated, unidentified newspaper review of a three-act fantaisie musicale et burlesque at the Théâtre des Variétés entitled Ohé!

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