American Opera Singers and Their Recordings

Critical Commentaries and Discographies

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About the Book

This book focuses on American opera singers and what their recordings say about their artistry. It is not a book about all American opera singers, since many who had important careers on stage, made few, if any, recordings. And many of those who did make recordings, did so prior to the introduction of electrical recording in 1925 (and the resulting advances in the reproduction of the human voice). Opera enthusiasts can only imagine the sound of Farinelli’s voice or read what his contemporaries have written about it, but with almost any famous or near-famous singer of recent years, enthusiasts do not have to imagine. Their voices are available through the technology of sound recording.
There are 53 entries, one each for 52 singers and a composite entry for a group of Hollywood vocalists. Each entry contains biographical information and is followed by a discography of operatic recordings to be used in conjunction with the critical commentaries. The entries are in alphabetical order by the singer’s last name and provide critical analyses of key recordings and of the artists’ gifts and limitations.

About the Author(s)

Clyde T. McCants is the author of several opera books. A retired minister, he lives in Winnsboro, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Clyde T. McCants
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 402
Bibliographic Info: discographies, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1952-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

A Note About the Discographies      5

June Anderson      7

Marian Anderson      15

Martina Arroyo      19

Rose Bampton      25

Kathleen Battle      30

Grace Bumbry      38

Richard Crooks      45

David Daniels      48

Mattiwilda Dobbs      52

Eileen Farrell      55

Renée Fleming      62

Dusolina Giannini      71

Jerry Hadley      75

Thomas Hampson      83

Jerome Hines      96

Marilyn Horne      102

James King      114

Dorothy Kirsten      122

Mario Lanza, Jeanette Macdonald and Nelson Eddy, and Other Hollywood Based Singers      129

Jennifer Larmore      134

Cornell MacNeil      143

James McCracken      148

Robert Merrill      152

Sherrill Milnes      161

Anna Moffo      173

Grace Moore      181

James Morris      184

Jessye Norman      190

Jan Peerce      200

Roberta Peters      210

Rosa Ponselle      215

Leontyne Price      223

Samuel Ramey      233

Regina Resnik      248

Neil Shicoff      254

Beverly Sills      259

Eleanor Steber      268

Risë Stevens      276

Cheryl Studer      282

Gladys Swarthout      294

Blanche Thebom      298

Lawrence Tibbett      302

Giorgio Tozzi      309

Helen Traubel      316

Norman Treigle      322

Tatiana Troyanos      327

Richard Tucker      334

Carol Vaness      342

Shirley Verrett      347

Deborah Voigt      355

Frederica von Stade      360

Leonard Warren      368

Dolora Zajick      377

Sources of Further Information      383

Index of Performing Artists      385

Index of Composers and Operas      392

Book Reviews & Awards

“useful…important”—ARBA; “fascinating…recommended”—The Opera Journal; “a fine tool”—Broadside; “quite a good overview of American opera singers”—American Record Guide.