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Tito Gobbi: My Life Hardcover – 10 May 1979

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  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Macdonald & Jane's; 1st edition (10 May 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0354043684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0354043687
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wonderful book on a fantastic performer and great singer I wish I could have seen him live
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HASH(0x8cffd978) out of 5 stars Fascinating autobiography from a great operatic baritone 24 Mar. 2012
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Tito Gobbi's "My Life" was hard to put down as he is a great story teller. He recounts his early life and his nearly accidental--some might say providential--entry into the world of Italian opera. On a whim, his mother told him to go to the train station and ride into Rome with his father, thinking this might be a possible way to find a path as a singer. By chance he meets his future wife and a great voice teacher on the same day and then is introduced to many influential people in the world of music. After a few years of training he becomes a professional singer. He has many interesting stories to tell of his experiences in Germany during the years of World War II; at one point meeting Goebbels personally and receiving a signed photo. Later this photo would protect his life as he was being bullied by Nazi soldiers in Italy. Gobbi sang the title role in the Italian premier of Berg's Wozzeck. His theatrical instincts made everything he performed alive with drama. In the book, he spends some time explaining his approach to some of his most famous roles such as Iago in Otello, Posa in Don Carlo, Schicci in Gianni Schicci, and his most-performed role, Scarpia in Tosca. Chicago Lyric Opera was his main venue in the United States. He sang often with Maria Callas. His favorite opera house was Covent Garden in London where he was a treasured artist and received a very moving farewell. In all, his was a very successful career and a blessed life. The book is succinct and a very enjoyable read.
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HASH(0x8d1dc168) out of 5 stars In great details he talks not only about his life but ... 27 Aug. 2014
By Steffi B. Rath - Published on
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The book is fascinating - but probably only for those who are opera fans and Tito Gobbi fans in particular. In great details he talks not only about his life but also the insight with which he came to develop his greatest operatic roles - especially "Scarpia"."Rigoletto", "Iago" "Don Giovanni". and "Falstaff". One starts suddenly to visualize these characters in a new light.

I had the great privilege to hear Tito Gobbi in concert in Israel around 1950 and to see his "Iago" both at the Met and in Boston when Sarah Caldwell still had a lively season going there. And I cherish the DVDs with his "Rigoletto" and an "I Pagliacci" in which he sang both Tonio and Silvio and you would swear those were two different singers and have finally found a copy of his "Babiere di Siviglia" film that I also saw in Israel long, long ago. And of course, there are all his CD recordings.

If he wasn't the greatest baritone ever, he comes pretty close but was is simply the consummate singing artist.
HASH(0x8d3674a4) out of 5 stars Tito Gobbi: an operatic master of stage, screen and recordings 20 July 2016
By Joseph R. Bianco - Published on
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Interesting peek into not only the life but the various performers and people with whom Gobbi worked. I am a huge fan and this is the kind of biography which any one who has seen him on stage or listened to his recordings would appreciate. He made several opera movies and several non operatic films. But it was onstage that he was most impressive and this book opens a window into that stage life. It also gives a glimpse of his preparation of roles both vocally and physically.
HASH(0x8d59924c) out of 5 stars Un nido di memoria 22 July 2014
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Wonderful look at a great artist
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