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I enjoyed reading about the journey of Kathleen Howard (July 27, 1884 - April 15, 1956) to become an accomplished opera singer in Europe before WW I. Opera singers have the most demanding trek of all to be able to support themselves successfully. She did, and went on to become very successful in the opera and in the movies as well. Her credentials were astounding. It appears that she not only learned a huge number of roles, almost all of them in two or more languages. Her stories are quaint glimpses of the life of an opera singer who just happened to be singing at a time before Europe lost its innocence. All aspiring young opera singers can benefit from reading this book. In some ways succeeding in opera has never changed.