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By Jacques Chuilon

Mattia Battistini (1856-1928) is taken into account via many to be probably the greatest examples of the bel canto making a song sort. His distinctive vocal skills and robust level character made him the main well-known singer of his time, with a occupation spanning approximately 50 years within the such a lot respected opera venues in Europe. Mattia Battistini: King of Baritones and Baritone of Kings covers the singer's whole profession, from his first functionality in Rome in 1878 to his ultimate live performance 50 years later.

Jacques Chuilon analyzes Battistini's precept roles, recordings, and vocal strategy, gaining access to a wealthy choice of stories from the time to teach Battistini's dating with and effect at the day's best composers, equivalent to Wagner, Verdi, and Massenet, even going into aspect on how Massenet rewrote his track particularly for Battistini's voice. via this crucial examine, Chuilon bargains a clean portrayal of this specified and encouraging, but frequently misrepresented, person.

Mattia Battistini: King of Baritones and Baritone of Kings additionally includes an informative postscript via Battistini's granddaughter, in addition to the main entire record ever compiled of Battistini's performances all over the world, a magnificent choice of photos, a discography, and a 90-minute CD, re-mastered to bare the whole elegance of Battistini's great voice as approximately as attainable. it's an unequalled reference for academics, scholars, expert musicians, and singers, in addition to the informal opera lover.

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