Enchantress of Nations by Michael Steen
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Enchantress of Nations
By Michael Steen

Enchantress of Nations

Pauline Viardot - Soprano, Muse and Lover

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Enchantress of Nations by Michael Steen

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This is a picturesque but painstakingly researched biography of the life - and the times - of the nineteenth century's Maria Callas. She was among 'the most brilliant dramatic stars of our time', according to Franz Liszt, and billed as 'the most talked of opera singer in Europe'. Dickens - reduced to tears by her singing - regarded her as 'one of the greatest actresses of any time'. Liszt also declared that, with Pauline Viardot, the world had finally found a woman composer of genius. "Enchantress of Nations" is a lavish biography of this amazing woman whose life spanned most of the nineteenth century; and it also weaves a rich tapestry of music and literature in France, England and Russia. Michael Steen recounts the back-stage bitchiness, robbery, duels and violence, life in Russia before the emancipation of the serfs, appalling disease and shocking poverty, and the unhappiness experienced by children of successful parents. Luxuriously produced with a colour plate section, it opens a new vista on opera, nineteenth-century literature and history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840468434
ISBN-10: 1840468432
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 163mm x 38mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Steen

Michael Steen OBE was born in Dublin. He was an organ scholar at Oxford, after the Royal College of Music and Eton. Since retirement from the City he has been chairman of the Royal College of Music Society and is chairman of the trustees of the Friends of the V&A Museum. He is the author of The Lives and Times of the Great Composers (Icon, 2004)

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