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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Press; Later Edition edition (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849546851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849546850
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soprano Jessye Norman has written a memoir that captures her crusading spirit. --Daily Telegraph

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Born in 1945 in Augusta, Georgia, the daughter of an insurance salesman and a school teacher, Jessye Mae Norman was a precocious talent. She was awarded a full scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where her love and knowledge of music grew and her outstanding natural ability flourished. Subsequently, she followed an increasingly well-trodden route for young American singers and came to Europe, where she established herself by winning a competition in Munich and signing up with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, making her operatic debut later that year in Tannhäuser. What followed has been a career encompassing most of opera's great female roles, as she established herself as perhaps the greatest contemporary female voice in the world of classical music.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dag Kyndel on 24 July 2014
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I love the art of Jessye Norman, especially her song recitals and song records, they are nothing but masterful. I have read almost every biography about opera artists that has appeared during the last 15-20 years, in English, German, Swedish and Norwegian. I have never been disappointed - until now. More than the first half of this autobiography deals only about childhood, upbringing and youth. Many names are mentioned but only about persons of little or no interest to the reader. Almost nothing of voice development or voice training, gospel singing at church aside. The last third of the 316 pages touches some of her singing and learning roles, but seldom tell us anything about the operas or songs in question or about other artists and conductors. However, everywhere the author's love of life, of her art, of God, of other people shines through in a beautiful way.There are some very good photos. A discography is missing. But - and I am very sorry to have to say this - Miss Norman's book left me very disappointed, Many biographies I do read two or three times (Crespin, Callas, Caballé, Domingo, Flagstad, Nilsson, Varnay, Modl, Hotter, Verrett, Sills, Cotrubas....) But the memoir presented here, well it will gather dust in my bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Fletcher on 2 Feb. 2015
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This is not a juicy tattle book about other singers,but a straight forward book on jessyes journey as a singer,both actual and spiritual,and tells of her faith,and her family
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willliam, Oxford on 25 Feb. 2015
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An absorbing account of the dedication and sacrifices needed to become an international, black opera star in the 1970s. Honest and inspirational.
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By Maria on 23 July 2015
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The story lacked depth. I felt there were parts of her life that she was holding back. The story is about her, but the way it read in my opinion was... I did this and I met this person and, and... All these things occurred, but it could have been intertwined into the fabric of her life better. It made Ms Norman sound like a show of.
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