Post by Bert Coules
Looks interesting, but £100? Wow.
Yes, and while it's pleasant to see opera being taken seriously enough for a book like this, I really can't help wondering how much value is there in this kind of material, for an individual singer? In looking at so many photos of Nilsson, for example? After all, very few singers have anything like the physique du role, let alone the age, and Nilsson was never among the most convincing or photogenic. Some photos of her, such as the studio Brunnhilde that Decca seems addicted to, are downright embarrassing. What matters more, surely, are her performances, which allow us to suspend our disbelief. So while some background material can be interesting enough, I'd sooner spend this amount of money on her recordings. That's where the Nilsson magic lies.