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If some of renowned bass Hines's "great singers" seem to have been included more for political reasons (after all, he had to work with these people) than because they were truly great, most of them do rate the title, and there's something for the singer to learn from almost all of them–about technique, learning music, developing the voice, preserving the voice–even if in a few cases it's what not to do. If nothing else, the book proves what an inexact science vocal pedagogy really is, and the anecdotes are worth reading. Hines's subjects include Birgit Nilsson, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, and other operatic stars, primarily of the generation just passing, that which came to prominence in the '60s and '70s.
Stories from behind the stage curtain and Belcanto singers’s precious insights about singing…
on November 20, 2013
By Dr. A. Karin Wettig
I love this book, because the author tells us intimate stories about great singers which are normally not known in the literature. The reader is taken behind the stage curtain and into the private sphere of these artists to learn more about their personal problems with their voices and their personally developped solutions and recommendations for others. I like this personal approach to the singing art very much and have to say that this book gave me as an author about Belcanto many insights how useful it is for all singers to hear more about vocal experiences on stage and vocal education from highly talented famous singers. I researched then deeper the stories of singers like Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland and many others more and took their insights to make them known in my book. I have to say thank you to Jerome Hines as his book was very inspiring for me on the way to my own book about Belcanto in Theory and Practice.
on December 26, 2017
By SLC 84102
What a treasure trove!
A must havevfir voice instructors
on November 3, 2017
Wonderful pedagogical book for singers and teachers.
A wonderful man, a wonderful book.
3 people found this helpful.
on September 26, 2000
By NJ Keith
I have had the great pleasure of knowing the great Jerome Hines for a number of years, and have been a student of his as well. This book will stand as one of the greatest resources for any professional singer or fan of opera. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned to the pages of this book to gain a little insight into a particular artist and their voice. But no one should ever consider a book like this as a replacement for a good teacher. As the opening sentence of the book states “This book may be dangerous to your health”. Use it only as a guide into the minds of some of the worlds greatest singers, not as a blueprint to singing success. I will guard my copy of this book jealously for as long as there is a song in my heart.
A must read for any professional
on July 30, 2014
By Caveat Emptor
Very well conceived and written. One of the very few books written with real authority (as opposed to ego trip and marketing in mind) and a must read for any professional singer to get a notion of what they are and are not aware of… Mr Hines is known to be an exceptional talent as a singer, but his interviewing style is breathtakingly spot on for this subject.
Great Tips for the Well Trained Singer
26 people found this helpful.
on March 21, 2006
By Linda C. Davis
I’m a mezzo soprano with more than 40 years of performance experience and I learned new things when I read this book. It’s not for beginners as the technical references would be confusing. But for the experienced singer who always wants to learn and improve there is a wealth of information. On the first read through I just examined what the mezzos had to say…a good way to get info quickly for your particular voice type…then I sat down and read it all. This will be a permanent part of my music library.
Great book for aspiring singers
2 people found this helpful.
on March 29, 2009
By Ari Amir
Jerome Hines interviewed about 40 opera singers for this book, among which are the most famous from 20th century. Each interview is around 5 pages long, going over the fundamental issues of singing technique: breathing, support, and placement, while going over each singer’s personal story. It’s an easy read, wittingly written, and very enjoyable. I think this book would be ideally suited to singers who have studied for a couple of years and can provide conviction for the technical issues they are doing right and an idea of how to tackle, or ask, about the issues they aren’t sure of.
good purchase experience
on January 10, 2017
I did not read this book, it was a gift to a friend who is a gifted singer who performs professionally ,He loved the book
Inside the lives of great performers
on November 21, 2016
By Mrs. Robert Kendall
Essays on the life of the greatest voices of the past 50 years, as seen in person by one who sang with them.
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