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Subject: Virginia Zeani Book review Kindle edition
From: Yvonne Fuller <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Yvonne Fuller <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:37:32 -0500

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Virginia Zeani "My Memories of an Operatic Golden Age" as told to Roger 
Beaumont and Witi Ihimaera is a book will appeal to many lovers of opera 
of the mid-twentieth century.  Far more than simply the recollections of a 
single soprano, fine though she is and well celebrated on Opera-L, it sheds 
light on the big wide world of opera, its politics and intrigues at a 
particularly interesting time.  

Zeani fled the oppressive socialist regime in her native Romania at the age 
of twenty to study in Italy with Aureliano Pertile. Within a couple of years 
she established the basis of a highly successful 35 year international 
career and was soon invited to Florence to replace Maria Callas in i 
Puritani. She achieved recognition at La Scala having incautiously turned 
down their first invitation due to a prior booking to sing in Egypt with 
Beniamino Gigii. At the other end of her career, the young Pavarotti and 
Domingo sang opposite her in several of their debut performances. 

The English language version was first produced in a limited printed edition 
and soon sold out. It has now just been released in Kindle format available 
at this address through Amazon
Virginia Zeani: Virginia Zeani: My Memories of an Operatic Golden Age

The first Romanian language printing sold out and is currently being 

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