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978-0-8108-6915-8 • Paperback • August 2010 • $69.00 • (£53.00)
978-0-8108-6916-5 • eBook • August 2010 • $65.50 • (£50.00)
Pearl Yeadon McGinnis (1943-2007) was professor of music and the director of Opera Workshop at Missouri State University. Dr. Yeadon is the author of The Solo Vocal Music of American Composer John La Montaine: Compositions for Voice on Piano (2004).
Marith McGinnis Willis is an actress, singer, director, and vocal instructor. She collaborated with her sister on a series of benefit concerts and currently sings with Cantate Carlisle.
[This work] is an exceptionally practical text for singers and teachers, in that it addresses every aspect of the craft and career management that a North American singer who is not yet familiar with the European system should consider. It may, in fact, be of just as much value to a German or European singer sharing the same aspirations. . . .[T]his is the first text that combines all of this information in one volume, making it a most convenient reference. The appendixes will prove excellent references to anyone considering employment in Europe, as they contain not only listings of all major opera houses in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, including contact information for all the major agencies, but also extensive role and audition repertoire lists for all voice types (including children).
— Music Education Research
Dr. Pearl Yeadon McGinnis' new book, The Opera Singer's Career Guide, is part handbook, part guidebook, part love letter to a genre. She has created a marvel of utility: an efficient and painstakingly compiled book full of organized thought, pertinent and useful information with the success of the singer in mind. For the aspiring artist seeking a career abroad, Dr. Yeadon's work will provide both direction and assurance; the amateur opera lover will delight in the behind-the-scenes descriptions of people, places, and performances. The book will serve as a great encouragement to young singers in their career pursuit, and stands as a fitting legacy: a final gift from a formidable, unfailingly generous artist and gifted teacher whose passion for helping students knew no bounds.
— Dr. Andrew Childs, Lyric Tenor, and Professor and Chair of Music at St. Mary's College