One of the most attractive characteristics of this book is the way the author never loses sight of her beginnings ... I found it enthralling. --Dancing Times, October 1, 2011
I am struck by [Deborah Bull's] remarkable honesty...this is the book that sets it all straight and provides the truest insight into this mysterious world of any book I have ever read.
--ballet.co.uk, October 2011
The magic of musical creation is what threads its way through ...These are the thoughts of a profoundly engaged artist...he offers fascinating side-lights on how he builds a role, and thinks about the voice. --Independent, September 30, 2011
Bostridge writes particularly well about Handel...because he, perhaps uniquely, is in a position to combine an 18th-century historian's depth of contextual understanding with an insider's knowledge of how this music works vocally...reading this sparkling collection leaves one keen for more --Sunday Times, October 2, 2011
Deborah Bull is an articulate, descriptive and enthusiastic writer...When the curtain falls, remember her words: 'Forget Degas and his pastel picture-book perfection.' This is the real dance world: tough, sometimes heartbreaking...but always triumphant and alive. --The Lady, November 4, 2011