Description : Susie Gilbert traces the development of ENO from its earliest origins in the darkest Victorian slums of the Cut, where it was conceived as a vehicle of social reform, through two world wars, and via Sadler's Wells to its great glory days at the Coliseum and beyond. Setting the company's artistic achievements within the wider context of social and political attitudes to the arts and the ever-changing theatrical style, Gilbert provides a vivid cultural history of this unique institution's 150 years. Inspired by the idealism of Lilian Baylis, the company has been based on the belief that opera in the vernacular can not only reach out to even the least privileged members of society but also create a potent and immediate communication with its audience. With full access to ENO's archive, Gilbert has unearthed a rich range of material and held numerous interviews with a fascinating array of personalities, to weave an absorbing tale of life both in front and behind the scenes of ENO as it developed over the years.
Description : Opera for Everyone is a concise history of opera that concentrates on artistic and cultural aspects and links up to history, art, and literature, rather than potted plots, anecdotes, and biographies of composers and performers. Each of the 25 chapters deals with around three works most representative of the period, and has ample examples of listening or viewing.
Description : Legendary singer, songwriter, actress, and activist Cyndi Lauper offers a personal account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar in this “moving story of an American musical original” (Kirkus Reviews). Icon Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar—from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years. After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS. With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life she’s lived only on her own terms, perfect for fans of Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Billy Idol’s Dancing with Myself.
Description : Everything you could possibly know about Verdi and his operas, from the brilliant and humorous author of Wagner Without Fear. If you want to know why La traviata was actually a flop at its premiere in 1853, it's in here. If you want to know why claiming to have heard Bjorling's Chicago performance of Il trovatore is the classic opera fan faux pas, it's in here. Even if you just want to know how to pronounce Aida, or what the plot of Rigoletto is all about, this is the place to look. From the composer's intense hatred of priests to synopses of the operas and a detailed discography of the best recordings to buy, it can all be found in Verdi with a Vengeance. William Berger has given another improbable performance, serving up a book as thorough as it is funny and as original as it is astute, an utterly indispensable guide for novice and expert alike.
Description : The 1921 three-volume English edition of a landmark biography of one of the world's greatest composers.
Description : A girl. A dream. A new beginning. At its core, Giuliana’s Way is the story of a precocious Italian girl who, at 11 years of age in 1941, leaves hearth, home and war-torn Europe and comes to the United States to get an education, become an architect, and realize the American dream. But an outsize talent for cooking intrudes on her well-laid plans, forcing our heroine to make a conflicted, gut-wrenching decision: barely out of high school, she abandons the classroom for a restaurant kitchen. In making this life-altering choice, she gets to live even bigger and better dreams. The way Giuliana uses her ingenuity to achieve culinary celebrity is replete with surprising twists and unexpected turns. By the time she’s 29, she has become by turns an iconic chef, cooking instructor, television’s first culinary star and the creative force behind the premier household products company catering to the total lifestyle needs of the American homemaker. The colorful characters, places and events—many drawn from real life—that populate the pages of the book make Giuliana’s Way a timely and uplifting story.