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Save for Later. First edition. Red quarter cloth over black boards with gilt lettering embossed on spine, pp. The last book written by longtime New Yorker staff writer William Murray also the author of Janet, My Mother, and Me , this is his tribute to opera and also to his own road not taken. Weaving recollections of his abandoned opera training in New York, Rome, and Milan in the s with the personal and artistic struggles of young opera singers today, Murray follows 12 young singers in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's prestigious training program, the Opera Center for American Artists, through the season.

He affectionately lays bare the staggering ambition and relentless will required to achieve a career in the arts. New in a new dust jacket, protected by a mylar cover.


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    But I started doing some community productions outside of school. My parents kind of pushed me into that area. I started singing in an opera chorus when I was in high school. We had a small opera company in Green Bay. I think that the Merry Widow was the first opera that I was in — singing in the chorus. I went to college to study music, and I really wanted to be a high school choir director. You should be a performance major and look at minoring in education.

    This was great. It had theater and music, and it was challenging.

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    When I had done musical theater before, the directors always told me that I was great, but I was too loud. So, I started to train and learn how to sing opera. I had to learn how to project. Where did you go to college? I finished college there and sang in the chorus of the Florentine Opera and the Skylight Music Theatre. I got to see how professional singers did it.

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    It just happened. I was singing in the chorus at the Florentine and was approached by one of the directors there, Bernard Uzan. I asked me to audition, and I did it, and got a position I the young artists program right after I finished my undergraduate work. So, it became my grad school. I had been singing there for three seasons.

    I had been an understudy for Edgardo and had been singing the role of Arturo. This happened to be the first production that Natalie Dessay would do in Italian. So, I go to rehearse with Natalie Dessay for two weeks. So that was my big break. It was a night that I will never ever forget.

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    What a terrific thing! And another thing that happened during that time was a writer from the New Yorker, Bill Murray, who was following the young artists and some the stars at the Chicago Lyric around all year in order to chronicle us. Jumping back to Green Bay, have you been asked to sing at a Packers game?