O’s Book Club!
Reading Confessions of an Opera Singer by Kathleen Howard reminded me of how I felt when I discovered the Little House on the Prairie books as a little girl. Such a feeling of wonder would come over me as I imagined Laura Ingalls eating maple syrup over snow, or watching her Ma cook a pig’s tail, or buying so much candy with just one penny … Ah, those stories made me appreciate and identify with a time I will never fully understand.
That same wonder strikes me whilst flipping through the pages of this snapshot of history from the opera singer’s perspective. What was it like to do what we do a hundred years ago?
This is the perfect summer porch-read and will pair just wonderfully with your patio furniture and chilled Vinho Verde! Here’s what one reader has to say:
I enjoyed reading about the journey of Kathleen Howard (July 27, 1884 – April 15, 1956) to become an accomplished opera singer in Europe before WW I. Opera singers have the most demanding trek of all to be able to support themselves successfully. She did, and went on to become very successful in the opera and in the movies as well. Her credentials were astounding. It appears that she not only learned a huge number of roles, almost all of them in two or more languages. Her stories are quaint glimpses of the life of an opera singer who just happened to be singing at a time before Europe lost its innocence. All aspiring young opera singers can benefit from reading this book. In some ways succeeding in opera has never changed.