Lily Pons: A Centennial Portrait

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James A. Drake, Kristin Beall Ludecke
Hal Leonard Corporation, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
(Amadeus). The popular opera star Lily Pons (1898-1976) was the reigning coloratura at the Metropolitan Opera from 1931 to 1959, and her career included several Hollywood films. She was as beautiful and charming as she was talented a combination that made her a true celebrity. This collection brings together the impressions of colleagues, critics and scholars about this much-beloved diva, with more than 100 rare photographs from Lily Pons' own archives, largely owned by Ludecke and her family. HARDCOVER.
 

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Contents

My Early Life
19
Lily Pons in France
25
Coloraturas at the Metropolitan
38
The Arrival of Lily Pons
46
Stardom
55
Lily Pons Cheered at Metropolitan Debut
57
Lakmé Returns to the Metropolitan with Pons as Star
60
Miracles Do Happen Says Lily Pons
63
Lily
135
The Wartime Tours
142
Lily Pons An Essay in AstroEconomics
155
Milestones
167
Silver Gilt for Lily
169
The Legendary Lily
173
The Last Prima Donna
177
The World of Lily Pons
179

Lily Pons and Adelina Patti
70
A Lady Who Can Scrimshaw a Melody
75
Fame Overnight
83
The Girl Who Wants to Sing
91
Profitable Vocal Study
97
Glamour Glitter and Grit
102
Radio and Flim
107
Lily Pons and the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts
109
Lily Pons in Hollywood
123
André
133
Lily Pons 13 April 189813 February 1976
184
Lily Pons
187
Notes
195
A Selected Bibliography
203
A Film of Lily Pons
209
The Recorded Legacy of Lily Pons
213
A Lily Pons Discography
219
Index
247
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About the author (1999)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Beverly Sills began her career at the age of 3, when she sang on the radio under the nickname "Bubbles." The following year she joined a Saturday morning children's program. Then, at the age of 7, she sang in a movie. By the time she was 10 years old, Sills played a part on the radio show "Our Gal Sunday." In 1947 Sills began her operatic career, appearing for the first time as Frasquita in Carmen. An American soprano noted for her voice, virtuosity, and intelligence, she also served as an excellent administrator of the New York City Opera. She sang American and avant-garde roles as well as standards and is remembered for her roles as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare by Handel, Lucia di Lammermoor, Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena, Elvira in I puritani, I puritani, and Maria Stuarda. Sills also actively campaigns on behalf of the handicapped and disadvantaged; she has been active in the March of Dimes since 1971.

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