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The Only Way Is Up: Reflections on a life in opera

The Only Way Is Up: Reflections on a life in opera (Hardback)

Memoir by McIntyre, Sir Donald
With Rees, David A.

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Until the age of twenty, Donald McIntyre hoped to play for the All Blacks, and was on his way to acheiving that aim. As a young man, however, he acknowledged his exceptional voice and opted for a career in singing. After leaving New Zealand and arriving in London, McIntyre set hi...s sights on the world of opera. His spectacular musical life saw him conquering the stages of two London companies in the 1960s and 70s: Sadler's Wells and ROH Covent Garden. His increasing command of Wagner roles brought him to the notice of Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang Wagner, and in 1967 he made his debut appearance in Lohengrin. For the next seventeen years he sang in every Festival cycle and became the first "British" musician to sing the role of Wotan in Wagner's mighty, four-opera Ring. Recognised for nearly three decades as the definitive Flying Dutchman, McIntyre also starred in the Bayreuth Centennial Ring in a production by Patrice Chereau that completely revolutionised Wagner opera, and shot him to lasting fame, and in 1992, a knighthood. In this fascinating memoir "Sir Don" looks back over a huge slice of operatic history and his role in it. Mixing fun and gossip with judgement and insight, he brings to life a teeming gallery of the world's most famous musicians - singers, conductors, directors, teachers, designers, sponsors ... all the movers and shakers in the opera world of two generations. Edited by music professor and well-known New Zealand Wagnerian and radio personality, Heath Lees, this book is a fitting monument to Sir Donald's magnificent half century in opera.
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ISBN 9780995105331
Published NZ 14 May 2019
Publisher Quentin Wilson Publishing
Format Hardback
33 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780995105331
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Quentin Wilson Publishing
Imprint Quentin Wilson Publishing
Published 14 May 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) Memoir by McIntyre, Sir Donald
With Rees, David A.
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 782.1092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade