Kathleen Ferrier has a reputation as the greatest lyric contralto of the twentiety century. Her story, from her humble beginnings as a telephone operator in Blackburn to the height of international fame as one of the world's leading concert artists and her untimely death at the age of forty-one, is told told with compelling insight and perception, using a variety of sources, from photographs, diaries, and private letters to the memoirs and recollections of those who knew her best. Despite having no formal musical training, Kathleen worked with all the celebrated conductors of the time, and is remembered for her performances of music by Brahms, Schubert and Mahler, as well as a handful of operatic roles. Enlarging considerably on many alternative biographies, this excellent account captures the warmth, humour and charm of a figure whose astonishing life and career proved to be, sadly, all too brief.
|Publication date:||1st May 2008|
|Publisher:||Nonsuch Publishing an imprint of The History Press Ltd|
|Categories:||Biography: arts & entertainment,|
Maurice Leonard is a top television producer and a distinguished biographer. He was born in Surrey, and studied drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In addition to Kathleen, he has written several titles, including a biography of the Russian soprano Oda Slobodaskya, under whom he studied singing, and that of the American screen legend in Mae West.More About Maurice Leonard